SJPI Students Trained In Protected Agriculture

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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 …

New State-Of-The-Art Cassava Mill For BADMC

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The Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation’s (BADMC), existing national cassava value chain programme is in for a big boost. That is because the BADMC, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization, will be establishing a state-of-the-art cassava mill and food processing facility at its headquarters in Christ Church. Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), Dr. Lennox Chandler, made the announcement …

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 …

Agriculture Ministry Seeking To Preserve Local Plants

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management is working to conserve the island’s local plant species. Addressing the scores of persons who attended the Ministry’s field day on local medicinal plants on Wednesday, Chief Agricultural Officer, Lennox Chandler, said this move was important, as the country was in danger of losing them. “Barbados is only 160,000 acres …

Barbados Food Planting Initiative Coming Soon

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management will soon roll out its Barbados Food Planting initiative, as part of efforts to encourage Barbadians who have access to land to plant more food crops. Chief Agricultural Officer, Lennox Chandler, made the announcement this morning at the Ministry’s Graeme Hall offices, during the official handing over ceremony of farming …

Call To Support Coconut Industry Plans

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Chief Agricultural Officer, Lennox Chandler, has expressed optimism about the development of the local coconut industry, and he would like to see Barbadians do the same. According to him, many are doubtful of the island’s ability to handle such an undertaking. “When we talk about the coconut industry, people are criticising it and saying ‘oh, you don’t have the wherewithal …

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 …

Chief Agricultural Officer Dispels Myths

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Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO), Lennox Chandler, is dispelling some of the myths that have led to what he has described as “a circus of tomfoolery and absurdity” as it relates to agriculture in Barbados. While delivering the opening remarks this morning at a training workshop on Tomato Product Development hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource …

Return To Core Says Agricultural Chief

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The Ministry of Agriculture needs to return to its core responsibility of research development, and the publication of research findings. This is the view of Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO), Lennox Chandler, who believes that the Ministry has “fallen short” in these areas for various reasons, and has vowed to reverse this trend. His comments came this morning at the opening …

Public’s Assistance For Germplasm Collection

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management is looking to establish a germplasm collection of local crop landraces/varieties, and is inviting persons to assist. Varieties such as six-week okras, local cucumbers, local corn, guinea corn, hot peppers and local cherry tomatoes are required. Additionally, the Ministry is also seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining local medicinal plant …