Greater Cooperation Needed In Agriculture

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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

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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 …

Officials Discuss The Way Forward In Agriculture

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A number of areas in agriculture were discussed recently when US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, at the Ministry’s headquarters, Graeme Hall, Christ Church. Responding to Ambassador Tagliatela’s query about plans for youth in agriculture, Mr. Weir stated that the Ministry was in the process of developing plans to …

Coconuts Industry Has Great Business Potential

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Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, sees the coconut industry as providing substantial benefits to the economy, by generating revenue and creating employment. He made these comments while addressing participants at the Coconut Plenary Session at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which started today at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC). However, he noted that there are not …

Ministry Launches Caribbean Week Of Agriculture

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The Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) is of great significance to Barbados and the region. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, made the comment this morning at the Ministry’s headquarters, during the launch of CWA, which will be held under the theme Strengthening Agriculture for a Healthier Future in the Region. Stating that this was the first time …

Small Ruminant Industry Can Be Profitable

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The development of the live-stock sub-sector, namely small ruminants, can be profitable for Barbados. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, made this statement during his closing remarks at the Modern Small Ruminant Workshop on Wednesday. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, have an important place in livestock production as producers …

Brazil Offers Sugar Production Training

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Brazil, the world’s biggest sugar producer, has offered to provide training to Barbadians in new sugar production techniques. This is one area where this country is seeking technical cooperation with Barbados. Brazil’s Ambassador to Barbados, Luiz Gilberto Seixas de Andrade, who paid a courtesy call on Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, today, said the training would be …

Plans To Transform Sugar Cane Industry

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Government is considering merging or partnering the state-owned Barbados Agricultural Management Company Limited (BAMC) with the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL), as it seeks to fully privatise the sugar cane industry. Additionally, Barbadians will have an opportunity to own shares in the newly formed entity which should come on stream within another five years. Speaking after a tour of the …

Minister Weir Meets With BARVEN Members

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Some of the issues affecting local vendors were recently placed on the table when Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, met with members of the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN) for the first time since taking up the portfolio. Two of the main items on the agenda were the need to examine the current legislation …

Sugar Cane Industry Still Needed

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Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, is of the view that “there is an absolute need to continue with the sugar cane industry”. He shared this opinion recently following a guided tour of the Foursquare Rum Distillery, St. Philip, by its Executive Chairman Richard Seale. Mr. Weir witnessed first-hand what went into the production of making spirits and …