The local farming community is being encouraged to sign up for the Ministry of Agriculture’s new prepaid rebate scheme, which makes it easier and quicker for them to access?? a number of agricultural incentives.
The new system, which was launched in November by Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, eliminates the need for farmers to pay the full cost up front to access critical agricultural supplies and services and then recover the rebate from the Ministry.
Among the areas covered by the new prepaid rebate scheme are irrigation systems; livestock development; farm security; postharvest technology, organic farming, and new crop technology – greenhouses and hydroponic systems.
The new system will work alongside the current postpaid rebate scheme, with the option being given to farmers since some prefer the latter method.
Farmers interested in signing up for the prepaid rebate scheme may contact the Ministry of Agriculture’s Services Unit, Graeme Hall, Christ Church, at 434-5000 ext. 5077, 5078, 5023, 5133 or 5082 or they may visit the Ministry’s website at http://www.agriculture.gov.bb/ to find out if they qualify and the process of applying for the rebate.