Farm Labour Programme Holding Its Own

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The future viability of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme in light of recent changes by the Canadian government will be high on the agenda, when local and regional government officials and Canadian seasonal farm labour employers meet over the next few days. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, gave this assurance during …

PM Stuart Meets Israeli’s Ambassador

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Israel could be providing assistance to Barbados’ agricultural sector in the future. This was one of several areas raised recently when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met with the State of Israel’s Ambassador to Barbados, Gil Artzyeli, at Ilaro Court.  Mr. Stuart said he was attracted to Israel’s Agricultural Center of Excellence concept, especially since this country has to “sophisticate” and …

Agricultural Sector Exploring Drone Use

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As Government looks to strengthen legislation to combat praedial larceny, the possibility of drone technology to police farms is also under consideration. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, farmers and other stakeholders met at the Ministry’s Graeme Hall, Christ Church location recently to hear exactly how drones could help deter thieves from stealing their …

Using Drones To Stop Praedial Larceny

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Stakeholders in agriculture will get the opportunity to see how drone technology can be used to assist in the fight against praedial larceny, when the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resources Management hosts a workshop on this issue. The workshop will be held on Friday, November 3, in the Ministry’s Conference Room, Graeme Hall, Christ Church, starting at …

New Pack House To Empower Farmers

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The Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) will soon provide a boost to farmers seeking to locally market crop produce with the establishment of a new Pack House operation at its Fairy Valley Plantation, Christ Church headquarters from next month. Details of the new initiative were shared recently with stakeholders during an orientation meeting that included the Corporations’ CEO, …

Focus On Climate Smart Agriculture

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From September 14 to 15, technocrats, policy makers and agricultural planners put their collective heads together to come up with suggestions as to how best to strengthen innovation agriculture systems to withstand the effects of natural or man-made disasters. The officials, drawn from countries across the region, participated in panel discussions and other interactive sessions while attending the 11th Meeting …

Proper Nutrition Linked To Agricultural Change

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A high-level Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official has expressed the view that a transformation of agricultural systems is needed to arrest the incidence of poor nutrition and chronic non-communicable diseases that occur on account of obesity while promoting good nutritional habits for a healthier region. The FAO’s Deputy Sub-regional Coordinator for the Caribbean, Dr. Lystra Fletcher Paul expressed this …

Agriculture & Fisheries Skills Assessment

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The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development has commenced a skills need assessment of the agriculture and fisheries sectors to identify the human resources and training needed to make them more modern and efficient. The assessment is being conducted by the Ministry of Labour’s Human Resource Development Programme Implementation Unit, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, …

Youth Showing Interest In Agriculture

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A government official is rejecting the view that there is little or no interest in the agriculture sector as a viable career option among local youth. Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Innovation, Henderson Wiltshire, stressed the importance of the sector to this country’s development while addressing the graduation ceremony of Inter-American Institute on Cooperation in …

Skilled Labour Needed For Agri-Sector

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The agricultural sector has been the bedrock of Barbados’ development for decades but a top vocational education official has hinted that its future survival is dependent on a workforce that is highly skilled. Executive Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, Henderson Eastmond, made this observation recently while addressing the Inter-American Institute on Agriculture’s (IICA) Youth …