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Bajan farmers in smart agriculture project

Bajan farmers in smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months. Speaking at the launch of the programme, Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St […]

Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months. Speaking at the launch of the programme yesterday, executive director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and […]

Dairy farmers complain they have been left holding the bag

Dairy farmers complain they have been left holding the bag

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul is imploring dairy farmers, who invested $1.1 million last year in the import of heifers to bolster the dairy industry, to hold strain on Government’s promised loan rebate. Last October the BAS secured financing from RBC Royal Bank on behalf of the six farmers […]

Too costly

Too costly

Barbados’ food import bill is increasing, while its production of vital commodities is decreasing, a Government official has warned. Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo therefore sees a desperate need for more young Barbadians to get into farming as a means of rescuing the agricultural sector and cutting down the country’s $500 million food import […]

Stiffer penalties coming for crop thieves

Stiffer penalties coming for crop thieves

Steeper fines, longer jail terms and an agricultural vendors registry are some of the measures to be included in Government’s long promised praedial larceny Bill, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management David Estwick has revealed. Speaking to the media following Thursday afternoon’s launch of the Ministry’s e-platform for registered agricultural producers and buyers, Estwick […]

Coconuts could be Barbados’ next cash crop – officials

Coconuts could be Barbados’ next cash crop – officials

Government is pushing ahead with plans to develop a viable coconut industry here. During the first in a series of stakeholder meetings at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic this morning, Chief Economist in the Ministry of Agriculture Suzette Edey-Babb told the gathering of mostly planters that the industry had the potential to generate substantial income. […]

Time to reduce food imports

Time to reduce food imports

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens is urging Barbadians to look inwardly to see how best they can deal with the country’s current economic climate. He made the plea this morning while delivering the feature address at the ministry’s awards ceremony for its Grow Well! Eat […]

NSRL could be a blessing, says farmers

NSRL could be a blessing, says farmers

Local farmers Friday suggested that the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which is to be increased from two to ten per cent effective July 1, could wind up being a blessing in disguise. The measure was among a controversial $542 million austerity package announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30 with […]

Kellman announces land deal

Kellman announces land deal

The cash-strapped National Housing Corporation (NHC) has agreed a land swapping deal with the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) as it seeks to expand Government’s housing programme. Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman told Parliament Tuesday that under the arrangement the two state agencies would obtain from each other, land that is […]

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