Greater Cooperation Needed In Agriculture

Sheena Forde Top Stories

The way forward for agriculture in the region depends on greater cooperation among CARICOM Member States. This was the consensus among those gathered at The Alliance Meeting, held today, at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Needham’s Point, St. Michael. Speaking after a presentation on ‘Eliminating Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) to Intra-Regional Trade on Agricultural Products’, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar …

Argentina To Offer Assistance in Agriculture

Sheena Forde Top Stories

Barbados should soon be receiving technical assistance from Argentina in developing programmes to enhance the agriculture sector. This was disclosed recently, during a courtesy call between Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, and Ambassador of Argentina, Gustavo Martinez Pandiani, at the Ministry’s headquarters, Graeme Hall, Christ Church. Minister Weir expressed appreciation for the continued assistance and exchange of …

Pesticide Control Critical To Food Security

Nya Phillips Top Stories

In an effort to ensure that Barbadians and the wider Caribbean have access to “safe food”, emphasis must be placed on effective management of pesticides and other chemicals within the agricultural sector. This view was expressed by Senior Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Michael James, as he delivered remarks on behalf of Minister Indar Weir, …

Open Day At Deighton Griffith Secondary

Melissa Rollock Ministry News

The Deighton Griffith Secondary School is inviting members of the public to its Best Practices in Sustainable Organic Agriculture Open Day, which takes place at the school this Friday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m. The event is the culmination of a three-year agricultural science project spearheaded by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association and its Science Department. The project was funded by …

Field Day For Small Farmers & Backyard Gardeners

Nya Phillips Ministry News

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management will host a Soil and Equipment Field Day, targeting small farmers and backyard gardeners, on Wednesday, May 30. It will be held at the Central Agronomic Research Station on the Ministry’s compound, at Graeme Hall, Christ Church, beginning at 9:00 a.m. A number of presentations will be made during the …

SJPI Students Trained In Protected Agriculture

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Second-year students of the Division of Agriculture at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) have been certified in the construction and management of greenhouses, under a Protected Agriculture course. The course, which ran from January to May 2018, sensitised students on greenhouse farming best practices. It was the result of a recent project collaboration between the SJPI and …

Revitalised Agriculture Sector Key To Recovery

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has proffered the view that the island’s future economic recovery is hinged on revitalised and strategically developed agriculture and fisheries sectors, operating to international standards. She made the suggestion while addressing a stakeholder consultation for the Skills Needs Assessment for Agriculture and Fisheries sectors at Savannah …

Agriculture & Fisheries Training On The Cards

Nya Phillips Top Stories

Steps are being taken to devise a strategy to “bridge the gap” between education and training and the agricultural and fisheries sector in Barbados, as a means of stimulating the economy, creating jobs and reducing food imports. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens as he delivered the …

Agri-Expo & Lecture In Queen’s Park April 20

Joy-Ann Gill Ministry News

The Rural Development Commission (RDC) will host a Grow What You Eat Agri-Expo and lecture on Friday, April 20, at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed. The Agri-Expo will be held near the Gazebo/Band Stand, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Companies with agricultural products and services, or agro-processed products, and with an interest in participating in the Agri-Expo, are asked to …

Improving Lettuce Production In Barbados

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Given the increased demand for romaine lettuce in Barbados, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management has embarked on a mission to increase local production of the commodity, with the aim of reducing its importation and, ultimately, the high food import bill. This is according to Senior Agricultural Assistant, Owen Gamble who was speaking at a recent …