Youth Key To Slashing Food Import Bill

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

Pleased that efforts are continually being made to reinstate agriculture as a prominent economic and social activity in Barbados, Small Business Minister, Dwight Sutherland, wants to see more youth involved in this sector. The Minister, who is also responsible for Entrepreneurship and Commerce, stressed this today as he addressed the launch of the City of Bridgetown (COB) Credit Union’s Business …

Workshop On Climate Change & Agriculture

Sheena Forde Ministry News

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security will conduct a workshop entitled: Climate Change and Its Potential Impact on Agriculture, on Tuesday, November 27, in the conference room at the Ministry’s headquarters, Graeme Hall, Christ Church, at 9:30 a.m. According to Officer-in-Charge of Extensions, Barney Callender, the workshop will mainly focus on how farmers can seek to mitigate and adapt …

Agriculture Sector Critical To This Region

Sharon Austin Top Stories

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has underscored the importance of the agriculture sector, describing it as “critical” to this region. Ms. Mottley made the comments today after visiting the headquarters of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) in Suriname. She had earlier toured the Central Market with Suriname’s President, Desiré Bouterse, as part of her three-day visit …

Minister Husbands Talks Agriculture With IICA

Shamkoe Pilé Top Stories

Barbados is looking at ways to capitalize on its agriculture niches and reduce this island’s food import bill. Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, alluded to these objectives during a recent courtesy call by Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, and Representative of the IICA Delegation in Barbados, Ena Harvey, at the Ministry’s headquarters …

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 …