Barbados and Brazil have been exploring possibilities for cooperation in agriculture, particularly in the use of ethanol.

This was one of the areas discussed recently when Brazilian Ambassador to Barbados, Apio Claudio Acquarone, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Industry and Small Business Development, Dr. David Estwick, at his office in Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

Ambassador Acquarone said that the South American nation had achieved great success with its ethanol project, with 73 per cent of its entire fleet of cars, buses, trucks and small planes running on this fuel.

He added that Brazil had also developed technologies in the areas of agricultural production, distribution and warehousing, which could be of some interest to Barbados.

Dr. Estwick noted that that the use of technology in agriculture was one area which appealed to him, particularly its use in factors of production.

He stressed that for too long, Barbados had focused on the primary factors of agricultural production and not explored the secondary and tertiary aspects, which could bring tremendous benefit to the industry.

The introduction of technology, Dr. Estwick remarked, would assist in the development of this sector.??

Author: Andr?? Skeete

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