RDC To Launch Youth Initiative At Agrofest

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Aware that young people must drive the agricultural sector, the Rural Development Commission (RDC) is launching an initiative at Agrofest 2018 to get more persons involved in several agricultural schemes. This was emphasised recently by Acting Director of the RDC, Annette Clarke, as she addressed the annual Client Meeting for RDC customers and others expected to participate in Agrofest. The …

Fresh Call To Return To Backyard Gardening

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If householders grow more of what they eat, over time they could not only help in the revitalisation of the agricultural sector, but also gradually reduce the need to import certain vegetables, herbs and fruits. Deputy Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) with responsibility for crop production, Leslie Brereton, expressed this view at the opening of a four-part workshop series on plant …

Chief Agricultural Officer: Grow More Local Foods

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management’s efforts to encourage Barbadians to grow more local foods are picking up pace. This view was expressed by Chief Agricultural Officer, Lennox Chandler, as he addressed a recently held field day on local medicinal plants at the Ministry’s Graeme Hall, Christ Church compound. One of these efforts, he revealed, is …

Workshop For Livestock Farmers Jan. 6

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Livestock farmers interested in participating in Agrofest 2018 are invited to a workshop being hosted by the Barbados Agricultural Society, on Saturday, January 6, at its headquarters, “The Grotto”, Beckles Road, St. Michael, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interested persons are asked to confirm their attendance by calling the Agrofest Secretariat at 436-6683 or 436-6684, by Thursday, January 4. Refreshments will …

Coconut Boost For Barbados & Region

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Barbados and the region can have a bustling coconut industry, despite being smaller than major growers such as Indonesia and The Philippines. This assertion was made by Maurice Wilson, who is the Regional Coconut Industry Coordinator at the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). He was speaking with the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) following the inaugural meeting of …

Technology Vital For Agriculture Growth

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Stakeholders in the agricultural industry need to embrace technology, as a means of unearthing its full economic potential and ensuring its sustainability. This view was expressed by Divisional Head of Agricultural Services at the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Paul Waithe, as he addressed a farmers’ forum, held recently by the Corporation, at its Fairy Valley Plantation headquarters. …

Interest Growing In Cassava Industry

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Barbados’ growing cassava industry has caught the attention of retailers in the United States and Israel. This was disclosed by the Divisional Head of Agricultural Services at the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Paul Waithe, during the launch of the Corporation’s Crop Value Chain Services on Wednesday. He said that there has been a good response to the …

New Initiatives To Transform Sector

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Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, is confident that the agriculture sector will be transformed, through initiatives under the Barbados Agricultural Development Marketing Corporation’s (BADMC) Crop Value Chain Services. The initiatives, launched at BADMC’s Fairy Valley Plantation, Christ Church headquarters, on Wednesday, were designed to improve the relationship between the farmers and other sectors, …

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 …