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 …

Proper Food Hygiene Practices Crucial

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Coconut vendors in Barbados have been urged to ensure they practise proper food hygiene, especially if they want to compete within the global multi-billion dollar coconut value chain industry. This advice came from Senior Environmental Health Officer, Richard Bourne, as he delivered remarks at the opening of the second training workshop for the vendors. It was held at the Ministry …

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 …

Graduation For Greenhouse Project Students

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Twenty-two students of the Division of Agriculture at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) will receive certificates in greenhouse training during a graduation ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, May 10. It will be held in the conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management at Graeme Hall, Christ Church, at 1:30 p.m. The training was …

Upcoming Workshops For Coconut Vendors

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Training for coconut vendors will continue over the next few weeks, as part of efforts to improve their operations and build a robust coconut industry. Workshops are scheduled for May 14, 16, and 22 and June 14, 16, and 22. All sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. until noon, in the conference room at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries …

Guidelines To Improve Coconut Vending In Barbados

bgis Ministry News

Coconut vendors in Barbados have been encouraged to adhere to a set of guidelines designed to improve their operations, as Barbados joins 10 of its Caribbean neighbours in developing the coconut industry at the local and regional levels. The measures have been based on the local health services regulations, as well as recommendations coming out of regional stakeholder meetings. They …

Proposals Submitted To Climate Finance Donors

Sharon Austin Ministry News

Barbados is in the process of trying to gain access to some of the funds pledged for climate finance, during the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015. This disclosure has come from the Commonwealth-funded National Climate Finance Adviser to Barbados, Winston Bennett. He said that he has assisted various Ministries, development agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to develop, prepare and …

Agriculture & Fisheries Training On The Cards

Nya Phillips Top Stories

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 …

Praedial Larceny Legislation Enforcement Is Key

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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens, has described enforcement of the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Act 2017 as critical in the fight against the scourge of the theft of crops and livestock. He expressed the view while addressing attendees at a stakeholder consultation on the skills needs assessment for …

Coconut Industry To Improve Hygiene Standards

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It will not be business as usual for the local $10 million coconut industry as efforts are underway to streamline the players and bring them in line with international best practices for hygiene. Topping the list of concerns for the Ministry of Health is the pile-up of coconut shells along the road way; inappropriate dress; inappropriate sanitisation of equipment and …