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Cassava riches

Cassava riches

Cassava flour could soon be readily available on supermarket shelves here in more than adequate supplies, with the construction of a near quarter-million-dollar cassava flour plant expected to go into operation by September. Chief Executive Officer of the state-run Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) Shawn Tudor told Barbados TODAY planning permission had already […]

Farm hunt

Farm hunt

With the local economy under severe strain and stress and pressure mounting on Government to cut jobs, the Freundel Stuart administration has stepped up its efforts to find work for Barbadians overseas. Following a recent visit to Washington DC, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has revealed that Government is actively pursuing opportunities under […]

Pass laws to cut sugar content – Gibbs-Taitt

Pass laws to cut sugar content – Gibbs-Taitt

If Government is serious about reducing the sugar content in sweetened drinks it will enact the necessary legislation to ensure it happens, a leading consumer rights advocate has said. At the same time, Director General of the Barbados Consumer Research Association Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt has led a stinging attack on proponents of higher taxes to control […]

‘Victimized’

‘Victimized’

St Lucy farmer Roger Seliciano is crying victimization over a decision by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) to evict him from the Land for the Landless programme. The Government initiative provides arable land through lease or licence arrangements to bona fide farmers who otherwise would not have been able to access land. […]

Boycott them!

Boycott them!

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul is fuming over a business entity’s importation of 900 cases of coconut water from Guyana, and he is appealing to Barbadians to boycott the imported drink. In an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Paul lambasted the business, saying its action was “undermining the […]

Sweeter crop

Sweeter crop

This year’s sugar harvest kicks off on Monday, with officials anticipating a much higher yield than last year’s disappointing 7,000 tonnes of raw sugar. Speaking at a workshop for cane harvesters and planters at the West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station Friday, Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited Patrick Bethell revealed that the 2017 […]

Sir Frank knocks landowners

Sir Frank knocks landowners

A leading economist is placing the blame for the dwindling sugar cane production on “laziness” in the private sector, specifically large sugar cane landowners. Addressing Friday’s Democratic Labour Party (DLP) lunchtime lecture on the topic ‘Fiscal Consolidation in Small Developing Economies’ at the party’s George Street, Belleville, St Michael headquarters, Sir Frank Alleyne said Barbados’ sugar […]

Less than rosy year for farmers

Less than rosy year for farmers

2016 will go down as a less than rosy one for local farmers. In fact, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul today reported that vegetable and meat production had fallen at the end of last year. Paul also told Barbados TODAY milk production was disappointingly low as it fell below […]

Temporary ban on fresh poultry from Europe

Temporary ban on fresh poultry from Europe

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced a temporary ban on the importation of fresh poultry from the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. In a statement issued today by the Barbados Government Information Service, the ministry said the move by its Veterinary Services Department takes immediate effect and applies to all live birds, hatching […]