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March 25, 2013
15 Years of Coconut Festivities to be Celebrated at Pelican Point Coconut Festival

Pelican Point, Grand Bahama -- Easter is right around the corner, and that means the residents of Pelican Point are gearing up once again for their annual Coconut Festival! Featuring authentically Grand Bahamian culture with special emphasis on cuisine and century's old social traditions the Coconut...

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October 03, 2014
BAIC secures major sale of Bahamian handicraft products to Germany

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), in aggressively keeping the government's mandate, which in part is geared toward a rejuvenation of the straw, shell, sponge, paper and coconut handicraft industries, made history with the visit of El Puente GMBH delegates Angela Lepa and Gesa Pertersen to The Bahamas in January of this year. Through this visit, El Puente and the BAIC in conjunction with the Bahamas National Craft Association (BNCA), will introduce Bahamian-made products to the German art and craft markets totaling some $60,000 in sales. This pilot initiative is expected to be the catalyst for future Bahamian-made handicraft and straw products to be introduced to German and other foreign markets. This sale will not only boost foreign exchange through revenue earnings, but also create opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and handicraft artisans.
El Puente is a fair-trade wholesale organization located in Germany that sells authentic traditional products to fair trade shops in Germany and Europe. El Puente is among the pioneers of the fair trade movement and today is the second largest fair trade organization in Germany. ?Since 1972, El Puente has stood as the bridge between north and south and has worked with small businesses and cooperatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America and now The Bahamas.
"BAIC takes its mandate to expand the handicraft sector of this country seriously. Given the value of this sector to the overall economy of The Bahamas, I am committed to extracting more value from it for Bahamian artisans and craft persons. To this end, we are proud to announce the export of approximately $60,000 worth of local handicraft items to Germany," said BAIC Executive Chairman Arnold A. Forbes. "I believe that this transaction is a first of its kind, which heralds new opportunities for Bahamians to begin taking advantage of business around the world. With expanding markets for Bahamian crafts come expanding possibilities, and now we are finally able to see what we believe are the makings of exponential growth and development of the handicraft sector".
BAIC through its Handicraft Development department is committed to helping to expand and introduce Bahamian artisans to local and foreign markets. Prime Minister Perry Christie noted, "It is important to the development of our national identity, and to the deepening of our Bahamian culture that we ensure the highest level of government support to our artists and artisans."
Products exported during this sale include traditional straw bags, sponge, paper, shell craft jewelry and coconut shell craft jewelry.

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April 09, 2011
Construction of downtown Straw Market on schedule

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Construction on the new $11.2 million straw market is progressing on schedule and should be ready for occupancy in late August.
Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C Grant made this announcement during a tour of the downtown Nassau Market on April 3. Accompanying him was various stakeholders in the project including the Hon. Lawrence Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources; David Johnson, director general in the Ministry of Tourism; Vaughn Roberts, managing director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership and Robert Hall of Cavalier Construction.
Minister Cartwright said the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has been working feverishly throughout the islands in training Bahamians to produce indigenous products for the market.
He said there are persons from every island in The Bahamas who are producing outstanding coconut shell jewellery, marine shell jewellery, and straw craft that should be placed in the straw market that has international exposure and a good reputation for producing indigenous products.
"I endorse the view that whenever this market is reopened that some of these products will be brought in here to show to the world the good products that are being produced in this country from shells, straw and coconut shells," said Mr. Cartwright.
Mr. Johnson said the market has been the place to showcase products that Bahamians have been known to produce and sell.

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October 07, 2011
BahamaArts Festival is on the horizon

A cultural treat is in store for patrons at this year's Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation's BahamArts Festival, October 28-29 at the Arawak Cay culture center, featuring more than 100 booths promoting the diversity of Bahamian art and craft.

Live craft demonstrations on utilizing local resources in plaiting, painting, shelling, and coconut craft; food preparation promoting Bahamian recipes; and the application of traditional medicines are all in store. Sloop regattas, concerts, youth band competitions, and the popular tea party will all be returning.

Ninety-four-year-old Hadassah Poitier was inducted into this year's craft hall of fame during ceremonies at Hill View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

"This year's celebration promises to be bigger and better, as we show off the cream of the crop of our creative minds while offering an even wider diversity of products,"said the BAIC executive chairman, Edison Key. He also says it comes at a time when there is renewed interest in Bahamian art and craft.

"This is especially so as we look forward, with keen anticipation, to the imminent opening of our multi-million dollar craft center downtown Nassau where, and we fervently hope that, only authentically Bahamian products will take center stage,"he said.

Key said some$250 million exit the country to purchase souvenir and craft items for tourists and residents and that most of the imports are generic items with the name Bahamas printed on them.

"Realizing the comfortable livelihoods that used to be, and can now still be realized from a craft and souvenir industry, especially when linked with tourism, BAIC took action,"he said."Armed with the best handicraft tutors, we went throughout the islands teaching all who wanted to learn the fine art of Bahamian handicraft creation, utilizing mainly ingredients found in the local environment.

"It was a smashing success. Thousands have taken the courses resulting in a renaissance, a rebirth in Bahamian art and craft. We want to empower Bahamians to tap into that$250 million thereby generating not just employment but meaningful careers. The fact that our BahamArts Festivals are getting better each year is evidence of the success we are having in inspiring our people to take advantage of wealth-creating opportunities right here at home."

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March 02, 2011
Exuma artisans take BAIC courses

Exuma, Bahamas -

Artisans from Exuma
received their certificates of proficiency in coconut, straw and shell
craft, and food processing during a ceremony on Tuesday.

Trainers for the courses were Cacique
Award winner Eloise Smith in straw, Nassau's April Martin in shell,
Eleuthera's Emily Munnings in coconut, and Tonjia Burrows of Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) in food processing.

BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key,
the keynote speaker, urged artisans to aim for the hundreds of millions
of dollars spent each year importing souvenir and craft items for
tourists and residents...

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October 04, 2011
BahamArts Festival comes this month

Nassau, Bahamas - A cultural treat is in store for patrons
at this year's Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation's

BahamArts
Festival, slated for the

weekend beginning Friday, October 28 at the Arawak Cay
culture centre.

It will feature more than 100 booths
promoting the diversity of Bahamian art and craft.

Live craft demonstrations on utilising
local resources in plaiting, painting, shelling, and coconut craft; food
preparation promoting Bahamian recipes; and the application of traditional
medicines are all in store...

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October 04, 2011
BahamArts Festival this month

Nassau, Bahamas - A cultural treat is in store for patrons
at this year's Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation's

BahamArts
Festival, slated for the

weekend beginning Friday, October 28 at the Arawak Cay
culture centre.

It will feature more than 100 booths
promoting the diversity of Bahamian art and craft.

Live craft demonstrations on utilising
local resources in plaiting, painting, shelling, and coconut craft; food
preparation promoting Bahamian recipes; and the application of traditional
medicines are all in store...

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June 14, 2011
Downtown Freeport comes alive with International Food Cultural Festival taking place this weekend

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Organizers of and participants in this weekend's Downtown International Food & Cultural Festival (DIFCF) are busily making final preparations for the two-day event, slated for June 17 and 18 in downtown Freeport.

According to DIFCF-Chairperson, Nakira Wilchcombe, there has been overwhelming support from international and Bahamian vendors interested in showcasing their culinary and craft wares, along with a host of entertainers.

"We promise a fun-filled event for the entire family and our visitors," she expressed.  "We hope that with this event and other activities scheduled for June, that the city of Freeport and the island at large can come alive."

Residents and visiting guests can expect to sample an array of Bahamian and international cuisine, with vendors from islands and countries like Andros, Cat Island, Jamaica, Philippines and others, participating.

Crafts made from straw, coconut and conch shell, along with locally made bath & body products and jams & jellies will also be on display for purchase.  An exciting kiddie-corner rounds off the list of attractions.

The festival kicks-off on Friday at 3 pm, downtown at West Mall and Petticoat Lane.

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April 08, 2011
Construction of downtown Straw Market is on schedule

CONSTRUCTION on the new $11.2 million straw market is progressing on schedule and should be ready for occupancy in late August.

Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant made this announcement during a tour of the downtown Nassau Market this week.

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright, who accompanied Mr Grant, said the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has been working feverishly throughout the islands in training Bahamians to produce indigenous products for the market.

He said there are persons from every island in the Bahamas who are producing outstanding coconut shell jewellery, marine shell jewellery and straw craft that should be placed in ...

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BAIC fair to add local flair to Bahamas Speed Week
November 20, 2012
BAIC fair to add local flair to Bahamas Speed Week

While exotic cars from around the globe zip around the circuit at Arawak Cay for Bahamas Speed Week 2012, exotic flavours and homemade goods from around the islands will vie for best in taste and show as part of a massive locally-made goods and crafts exhibit and sale when Speed Week joins hands with the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) December 1 and 2.

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