The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is moving ahead with plans to establish a weekly outdoor market for farmers and vendors of agricultural produce.
To this end, it will be holding a special meeting this coming Thursday, November 13, at 4:00 p.m. at its Graeme Hall, Christ Church, headquarters for all those persons who are desirous of participating in the outdoor market.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Haynesley Benn, and officials of his Ministry will be on hand to spell out details of this “novel approach to agricultural vending in Barbados”.
According to Senator Benn, “we have been working assiduously to get this off the ground, and we are close to identifying an appropriate location for the proposed 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. facility”.
He said that Prime Minister David Thompson had indicated in his Budget Speech in July that the issue of marketing local agricultural produce was a constant problem; and he had promised to introduce this concept of marketing to support farmers, while seeking to assist in the reduction in the cost of living.
The proposal is to set aside a specific day in the week as market day, when farmers, stall owners and vendors, whether licensed or not, would be able to bring their produce to a central location and offer them for sale to the public.