Ince puts coconut vendors in Warrens on notice

Describing coconut vending at Warrens, St Michael as a “disaster waiting to happen,” Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Senator Jepter Ince today put vendors operating there on notice.

In his contribution to debate on the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Bill, 2017, Ince charged that while other coconut vendors across the island cleaned the spaces they used, Warrens was becoming a “dump”.

“There are some vendors at the Newton roundabout who whenever they sell that area is clean, clean, clean . . .  after that you come down the highway to Graeme Hall, there are some days it is very clean, then there are some days you could see the shells. There is a group that sells there by Bussa that cleans that area, and then you go over to Haggatt Hall, I admire that group, they pack the shells in bags . . .  but when you get to Warrens, Warrens is a problem,” the Government official lamented.

“Let us face it. It is like a dump. Why is it that the vendors in these other areas could remove the shells, make the place look presentable, but when you get down Warrens, you are looking at a dump? I mean day after day the shells stay there . . . and it seems like if the vendors at the Warrens believe the country belongs to them or they don’t have to comply with no health standards,”Ince said while insisting that the problem would be “dealt with” regardless of criticism.

Just last month environmental health authorities swooped down on coconut vendors in Warrens, clearing the area of the sellers in what they said was a move to eradicate all public health threats associated with this “illegal” business.

On that occasion, workers from the Ministry of Health and the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA), accompanied by police officers, converged at the Warrens section of the ABC Highway to begin what they said would be an island-wide cleanup campaign of coconut vending sites.

However, the action only lasted for one day with the vendors themseves linking their 24-hour removal to the funeral of former Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands, whose procession pass through Warrens and on to the Mile & A Quarter Junction in St Peter.

60 Responses to Ince puts coconut vendors in Warrens on notice

  1. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson December 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Best thing you do

  2. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson December 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Men using an area to make a living and cant keep it clean.then everybody wanted to have a Barbados flag lastweek

  3. James Marshall
    James Marshall December 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Surely you jest…Top Rock is like this daily

  4. Annoy December 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Why you dont stop telling lies do them men clean up wash down with clorox its only twice it was left cause them couldnt get in the dump what wanna really men do go out n rob men hustling staying away from n illegal activities still wanna have problems

  5. Delbert Griffith
    Delbert Griffith December 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Wait… what about the ‘small black man’ when the shoe was on the other foot.

    • Delbert Griffith
      Delbert Griffith December 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

      ……….Not saying Ince is not correct. Just remembering when the present opposition were in power, they had to walk on egg shells regarding this issue, because Brandford Taitt, Warwick Franklyn The Honourable Prme Minister and others of that party would be in parliament weaponizing colour, class and financial status regarding this same situation.

    • Haskell Murray December 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Nonsense , this has nothing about “small black man” this is about cleanliness , i pass there and it is disgusting to see a heap of coconut shells beside the road. Why can’t these vendors clean up their mess.

  6. Gee Zette
    Gee Zette December 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    With everything you MUST have order not it will fail its about time authorities try to look at other ways of getting results other than just stopping ppl from trying to make a dollar I’m not saying promote illegal vending or closing a blind eye to the coconut shells but when a man has bills children and other things going on don’t just try to stop him from making a dollar not everyone will have nice air condition offices to go to or an appointed job #pleaforthepoorman

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

      They should have kept the area cleaned up at the end of the day though!

    • Gee Zette
      Gee Zette December 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Its true area should be clean but to my understanding they don’t get the truck to come everyday but i stick to my comments

  7. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss December 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    That’s right escalate the crime level cause that’s what these so call educated assholes do before the think or come together with vendors and talk they just jump the gun all d time and make stupid decisions. Don’t yall know that the tourists like to see vendors and hawkers they want to see island life and not a Concrete jungle

  8. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe December 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Another joker

  9. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 7, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Jeppie get fat too

  10. Max Carter
    Max Carter December 7, 2017 at 12:27 am

    DEMS put on notice to

  11. Nealiho Hope
    Nealiho Hope December 7, 2017 at 1:25 am

    What’s soo hard about putting down a tarps…

  12. BIGSKY December 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Mr.Ince be careful what you do and say.The coconut vendors in Warrens has set a side a spot for you to sell coconuts as well, because after the next general election, this will be your job of choice.

  13. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis December 7, 2017 at 1:44 am

    They had every chance. Surely grown men know how to keep a place clean. It is not kept clean. Cars have started double parking to get water. Saw tourist swerve to get out of it into oncoming highway traffic. Vendors running in road to get a sale. Top Rock looks terrible too. I cannot believe there are people would argue against this folly. By the way: I am not against coconut water or vendors of or making a dollar in hard times but I know a set that could keep their operation organised and clean. Someone in comment said speak to them. That has been tried… impossible feat and they never even tried as the Senator has again observed.

  14. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes December 7, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Is it children we are talking about that we have to find other ways to get them to do what they should be doing? It’s commonsense you make a mess you clean up after yourself. When ever certain people do wrong there is always this thing about the poor black man and how he has to feed his children and pay bills, that’s a load of crap. Since when does being poor and black mean that you should do as you like? Why can’t they keep the place clean? In another Island I see coconut vendors who by the time they sell the last coconut the place is clean, so why happen to Bajans. We like to think that we are better than and have more than the others, so why can’t they do what they should do. I have to pass there to get home and it has long been an eye sore.
    I wish people would stop with this poor black man ignorance. Could it be that that attitude is preventing some from getting any further? As a child I saw people who came here and started going door to door selling their goods. At first they’d take the bus, next they’d have some kind of 2 wheel or 4 wheel transportation. Eventually they’ll have a store but the poor black man will star start selling coconuts in Warrens and 20 yrs later he’s still there talking about the poor black man. So de poor black man en got no brain? They are they own worst enemies. These are grown people not children and they know what they should do, they just mean they are not doing it.

    • hcalndre December 7, 2017 at 6:08 am

      @Bonita Weekes; correct yourself and say the poor “black bajan man.”

    • Gee Zette
      Gee Zette December 7, 2017 at 7:06 am

      May be you miss the part about not promoting illegal vending or turning an eye to the shells this system like its design that others get through better than some while people who are not depending on hand out from welfare etc go
      looking for work are
      met with red blue black
      orange and green tape
      how as a man you have applied to have a permit to sell yet it
      takes three YEARS and
      counting to get it? All
      the while you have bill
      s children to feed
      households to run
      cloths etc while i agree
      with you its a mans
      mindset that keeps him
      back we all must admit the TRUTH some people
      are poor and black and i don’t see how its fair if a man is trying to help himself and you can help him in terms pointing him in the right channels to get health certificates permits so your not doing it then to then come with officials and police to make him look criminal its not fair as i say order must prevail have All these ppl to a meeting of some sort set out rules guidelines protocols standards whatever when all that is said and done and you don’t do as ordered so be it everything is to helta skelta and as long as some ppl keep getting their pay each month they don’t care bout venders coconut men market ppl nobody these ppl have lives and families to but i respect your view on the matter cause that’s your view have a nice day

    • Bonita Weekes
      Bonita Weekes December 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

      I did not miss the point, the point is that the vendors do not clean up as they should. My point is, I have seen it done in another place, so why can’t they do it too. You mean to tell me that if 3 or 4 sell on that stretch that they cannot pool together and get transportation to take away the empty shells? They didn’t bring them there by hand, they were transported there but that again is a problem with the poor black man. They want to make money but don’t realise that there is something called overheads, so they buy the product but do t want to pay to dispose the garbage. Yes, one should try to help themselves but don’t they have tongues in their heads to ask questions? Today’s younger folk feel entitled and think that every thing is to be done to accommodate them. I have children and I had to pay bills too, most normal people do but I did not break the rules. That is like the squatters, they want a house but rather than do the right thing go and buy building materials go and set up on someone else’s land and think they have a right. Stop making excuses for people, the coconut vendor as well as the Attorney General should follow the rules, having to wait for permits is no excuse, a doctor has to wait several years before he or she can earn a dollar from practicesing medicine. I can bet that most of those people feel that it is they right to make a dollar so they ‘gine do wuh ah man got to do’. The solution is simple, just clean up and dispose of the shells at the end of the day. There are other business places around, owned by people of other races, is their garbage on the road side to help to breed mosquitoes. I know that they can do better than that, I too am self employed but my garbage is not on the road.

  15. archy perch December 7, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I am still at a loss why it ALWAYS appears that black people seem to accept low-life crap, as if it is their patent. We must always appear to wallow in murk promoted by the lower echelons in our society.
    I DO NOT purchase anything from these coconut vendors, some of them are nothing but a BUNCH OF THIEVES, who are a menace to black people’s neighbourhoods.
    Telling me about the poor black man, goes through one ear of my head, and out the other, faster than the speed of light.
    Common decency, cleaniness,respect for oneself and other people; respect for peoples’ property et al, form the basic principals of a civil society. Anything short breeds anarchy.
    Laws and rules knit a society; they should be adhered to at all times by everyone, and not at one’s convenience.

  16. Bajan boy. December 7, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Once they make sure he joins them after elections..

  17. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 7, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Use wunna common sense and tidy up after one’s selves.
    Now Mr Minister Wunna got sewage floating about In the south two wrongs cannot make it right!

    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Brilliant reply!!….I wonder what penalty is on the govts head for failure to clean up the south.

  18. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 7, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Move them right away, nasty young fellows

  19. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 7, 2017 at 5:41 am

    all vending should be illegal

  20. Dave Person
    Dave Person December 7, 2017 at 5:44 am

    tell the people dont buy from nasty vendors

    • harry turnover December 7, 2017 at 6:43 am

      I don’t buy from any of them either.Only last week I passed there and saw a youngster bottling coconut water with NO SHIRT ON and half of his exposed MUSTY DIRTY UNDERWEAR showing and it looked dirtier than the pants he was wearing.
      …but Jepter Ince…you caan put people on notice…who is you ?

  21. Saga Boy December 7, 2017 at 5:45 am

    The health authorities have been speaking to these guys formally and informally for years about the health implications because of untidiness. Rats frequent and live in coconut trees. We can’t take chances with the health of the nation. I support Mr.Ince on this one.

  22. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy December 7, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Give a warning, if no change, enforce d Law, simple

    • harry turnover December 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Give a warning ??? Yvonne those people had NUFF warnings already.It is time to BAN those who are leaving their shells there and the Ministry of Health needs to put people in place to IDENTIFY those NASTY ones and send them PACKING

  23. Alex Alleyne December 7, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Coconut men, ZR/Mini bus men, one of the same. “NO RESPECT FOR LAW and ORDER”. If we ever lock-down a few, the cry will be “Oh, the poor black Man” being sent off to DODDS. FAILING TO COMPLY, YOU EVER HEAR ABOUT SUCH A THING ??????.

  24. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore December 7, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I agree that tiger control needs to be in place as it relates to keeping the surroundings clean, but since we on keeping the country clean warrens is certainly not the only place in Barbados that is nasty as ass. So please Mr ince, look at this situation as a whole also be mindful when you want to play hard ass that your party during elections gifted some of these same people.

  25. Sheron Inniss December 7, 2017 at 6:15 am

    The vendors at Warrens nasty that is why. My coconut friend in Speightstown leaves his spot spick and span all the time.

  26. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 7, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Now just couple days ago read about how they want to have a coconut industry. These people were their before your party came to power. I thought that this government was for the poor people. Remember election is around the corner. You is not a minister going at people place to begging for votes. You making it hard for your colleagues.

  27. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley December 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

    People need a buck.

  28. Tony Webster December 7, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Litmus test: would our political gorilliphants allow such crap to take place in front of Heroes Square? Outside L.E.S.C.? In front Government House? In front of their own mansions?
    NIMBY would swiftly be applied!

  29. Alex Alleyne December 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

    @TW, there was once a “mess” at the roundabout down from Government house which has a police Officer standing there.

  30. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

    This one time that you finally say something that makes sense to me regarding the coconut vending at Warrens and other the other places.

  31. Adhim Muhammad
    Adhim Muhammad December 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    $500.00 for every day tbe shells are left on the road. The authoritys know who these people are , they are becoming just like the zr’s, a law onto themselves on this island.

  32. Sip Blenman
    Sip Blenman December 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Out there needs a management system for real….i remember years ago when coconut vendors finish work the shells had to leave with them…now the coconut shells living on the highway….they make more than enough money to make part of cleaning up another bill or they dont think they should pay the tipping fee, if thats the case sell the coconuts from your backdoor and leave the shells there

  33. Mac December 7, 2017 at 8:36 am

    What about the vendor who takes up the complete sidewalk
    and bus stop space before the roundabout.

    These vendors are also taking up some of the actual road.
    There should be rules regulating the selling of products on the highway (the shoulder)
    for which there should be a zero tolerance.

  34. Mac December 7, 2017 at 8:40 am


    Have you ever heard about Law and Order.?

  35. Sandra Lovell Taitt-Eaddy
    Sandra Lovell Taitt-Eaddy December 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Perhaps the supermarkets and corporate types putting pressure on because they would be happy to get this booming business.

    I would rather take my shells with me than to see this small business hurt.

    • Dominique Tudor
      Dominique Tudor December 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

      would you rather clean up after your children all their lives or let them learn how to be responsible and do it themselves?

  36. Mac December 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Check the vendors by Deighton Griffith.
    All shells are removed and the place is cleaned before they leave.

    The other vendors should do the same

  37. Sandra Lovell Taitt-Eaddy
    Sandra Lovell Taitt-Eaddy December 7, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Question: are coconut shells biodegradable? What about plastics and glass bottles? Is dealing with raw sewage a priority?

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Coconut shells can be recycled plastics never leave the planet when thrown all about the sewage will take a long time so tourism in that area could have problems

  38. trevor daniel December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I would like to see the coconut vendors keep their surroundings clean also. But people, if you want to relieve yourself of this stress, come to my church the St. Augustine Church this Sunday evening at 6:00pm. The church is presenting a Christmas Recital called “Night of Great Wonder” and it features The Cecilian Chorale. The Chorale will sing carols from the repertoire of the late Doris Provencal founder of the original Cecilian Singers. Two of the carols I really like are “It happened this way in Bethlehem and The Bajan Carol”. The recital will also have inputs by songstress Amanda Fields and saxophonist Rickey Niles. Admission to this Xmas recital is $25:00.

  39. Tony Webster December 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Hi @Alex… I concede. ..and cry for my country too!

  40. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens December 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Everyone has to survive. But if the men and women are making money. They should keep the place clean.

  41. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens December 7, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I’m sure that they are told to keep the place clean.

  42. tedd December 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    the same way they bring coconuts and bottles every morning and then in in evening remove the unused bottles and unsold coconuts the used shells can be removed the same time. simple.
    a midday trip could also be made to lighten the evening work load.

  43. tedd December 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    trailers that can be attached to the back of the truck to be used as bins to ease the work in the evening

  44. Mack December 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Yes! the coconut venders need to clean up behind themselves. What about his Government cleaning up the south coast sewage problem, I hope Jepter can take some strong action on this too.!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Buun December 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    The Barbados economy is as a “disaster waiting to happen,” but your focus is on a few coconut vendors in Warrens.

    I say clean, clean, clean DEM as well! What do you think Mr. Ince?

  46. Helicopter(8P) December 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Jepter may I ask ! What are the sanitary inspectors’ work procedures? I would belive that inspectors are given sectors to manage and I would be more than happy to see them execute their duties bestoed upon them. Temporary occupancy certificates should be dispenced to these vendors and spots designated; any discrepencies found on location should be summoned to the occupier and charges made.

  47. Helicopter(8P) December 8, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Coconut husks is such a valuable bi-product I can’t belive Barbadians are so backward thinking. I can guarente that in tecnologically inclined countries those husks would be making dollars.


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