Revitalised Agriculture Sector Key To Recovery

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Bid To Boost Agriculture & Fisheries Sectors

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

Praise For Seasonal Agricultural Workers

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The Government of Barbados is very appreciative of the significant contribution of workers to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme and to the livelihood of Barbadians. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, showered praise on the workers, who journeyed from the tropics to brave extremely frigid temperatures on Canadian farms to provide for themselves and their families back home. Mr. Felix …

“Grow What You Eat” Launched At Agrofest

Joy-Ann Gill Ministry News

A project encouraging Barbadians and others to grow healthy foods and eat what they produce has been initiated by the Rural Development Commission (RDC). Known as the Grow What You Eat Programme, it was launched at this year’s Agrofest. Acting Director of the RDC, Annette Clarke, stated afterwards that its origins were based on the high incidence of non-communicable diseases …

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 …