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

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

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 …

Training Workshop For Coconut Vendors

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Efforts are underway to develop the coconut industry in Barbados and to this end, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, will be hosting training sessions targeting coconut vendors. The sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 18, and Monday, April 23, …

Second Field Day On Romaine Lettuce

Nya Phillips Ministry News

Farmers, as well as members of the general public, will have another opportunity to learn about the cultivation of Romaine lettuce on Thursday, April 19, at the CARDI Facility, located on the compound of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Graeme Hall, Christ Church, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. It will feature presentations on varieties of …

Improving Lettuce Production In Barbados

Nya Phillips Ministry News

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 …

Barbados Establishes An Apiary Lab

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

Efforts are under way to boost Barbados’ bee and honey production levels and to destigmatise the fear residents have of the natural pollinators. General Manager at the National Conservation Commission (NCC), Keith Neblett, said Barbados was the second country in the Caribbean to establish an apiary lab geared at detecting diseases among the island’s bee population and to determine the …

Bid To Boost Agriculture & Fisheries Sectors

Julie Carrington Top Stories

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, …

Ministry To Host Field Day For Farmers

Nya Phillips Ministry News

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management will hold a Field Day targeting farmers on Tuesday April 10, at the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), located on its compound at Graeme Hall, Christ Church. The event, scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., will focus on the cultivation of Romaine lettuce. Attendees will have the opportunity …

Lending Institutions Urged To Help Agri-Preneurs

Julie Carrington Ministry News

Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Manasseh King, is appealing to lending agencies to relax their requirements and give agri-preneurs a chance. He made this request last Wednesday while addressing the graduation and awards ceremony of the Youth Agri-Preneurship Incubator Programme at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Mr. King pointed out that …