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Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour once again for me to make a presentation to this Honourable House relative to the national budget.
The book of Ecclesiastes records that "there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven".
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
EXCITING technology and initiatives were showcased yesterday at the third annual National Agribusiness Expo hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre.
Sustainable agriculture and farming was at the centre of the three-day expo.
Highland Farms showcased its backyard innovative green house technology with the use of wood and plastic building materials, a first for the Bahamas, the objective of creating low cost tunnel green houses.
Operational for almost year, the farm produces tomatoes, lettuce and finger peppers.
Erecting a 25 by 20 Greenhouse on site using PBC ...
Androsians are being encouraged to pursue agriculture as the catalyst for diversifying the economy thereby keeping “a significant portion of the tourism dollar at home.”
“The millions we use to import items are a good indication of what can be earned and a good estimation of the impact agriculture can have on the economy,” said Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BSIC) executive chairman Edison M Key.
The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s Executive Chairman, Edison Key travelled to Exuma to follow up on a few projects the Corporation has planned for that island
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has set out to boost local plantain and banana production. To that end, it has distributed 3,000 tissue-cultured plantlets to farmers throughout the islands. And, assistant general manager (agriculture) Arnold Dorsett has confirmed that pineapple plantlets are being compiled for distribution. "There is a healthy market for these products and we want farmers to be in a strong position to take advantage of every opportunity," he said.
Already one of the greenhouses at the North Andros agri-industrial park is being stocked with plantlets for propagation and distribution. "It is a matter of priority that we do whatever we can to inspire farmers towards increased production," said BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key. "Food and Agriculture Organisation director-general Jacques Diouf put it plain: 'We are indeed on the verge of what could turn out to be another major food crisis,' he said.
He spoke of 'soaring agricultural commodity prices in international markets. "Since we import most of our food, that means we are going to have to spend more and get less. I agree with the secretary-general that the time has come to adopt and implement policies that will enable all farmers to earn decent incomes. They must be allowed to exercise their profession under conditions of dignity so we can feed our growing nation and the millions of tourists who visit us each year, without having to rely so heavily on imports, the cost of which is ever increasing."
Lucayan Tropical, the nation's premier hydroponics operator, was contracted to prepare the tissue culture materials, and harden-off the plantlets to about four feet. They were then distributed through farmers associations and groups. The first distribution of plantain plantlets are coming into production. Already farmers have begun thinning out suckers which will grow into new plants and themselves produce more suckers. Some plants can produce up to 10 suckers.
Recognising the extensive import food bill and the shortages experienced after each hurricane, The Bahamas has embarked on a mission to grow as much of its food as possible, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Lawrence Cartwright said at the opening of the 2nd Annual Agricultural, Marine Resources and Agribusiness Expo.
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Ministry of the Environment wants the public to be aware that the Compact Florescent Lamp (CFL) Programme came to a close. The government programme was designed to lower the energy demand on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).
A lower demand on electricity translates into fewer blackouts from BEC and less greenhouse gases being produced by BEC and released into the atmosphere. This is how the individual Bahamian can help to save The Bahamas and the global environment...
Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, scepticism about climate change appears to be gaining wider global credence. This in part has been fuelled by the discovery in 2009 that a very small number of scientists manipulated evidence to exaggerate the extent of climate change and more recently by the issue having become highly politicized in the United States.