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Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Chairman Dion Smith travelled to Abaco to formally launch the Abaco Agricultural Project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site just off the Ernest Dean Highway on March 27.

Abaco Agricultural Project Opened

 

Above: Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Chairman Dion Smith travelled to Abaco to formally launch the Abaco Agricultural Project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site just off the Ernest Dean Highway on March 27. Dion Smith is in the middle with Gary Sawyer along with BAIC Officials and representatives of Abaco’s Farmer’s Associations.
Above: Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Chairman Dion Smith travelled to Abaco to formally launch the Abaco Agricultural Project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site just off the Ernest Dean Highway on March 27. Dion Smith is in the middle with Gary Sawyer along with BAIC Officials and representatives of Abaco’s Farmer’s Associations.

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Chairman Dion Smith travelled to Abaco to formally launch the Abaco Agricultural Project with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site just off the Ernest Dean Highway on March 27.

He said “BAIC is committed to taking a bite out of the billion (approximate amount of money spent on importing food to The Bahamas); that we grow what we eat and eat what we grow.”

BAIC has farmland and industrial land available in the Spring City and Norman’s Castle areas in Abaco and Mr. Smith said that it is their “fervent hope that BAIC will have this land laid out in two acre plots as part of our phase one project.”

“There have been many applications to acquire this land for farming of fruits, vegetables, agro-food processing, hydroponics, sisal production, green houses, aquaponics and many livestock initiatives,” he said.

He indicated that in the coming weeks a property management team from BAIC will conduct site inspections and commence groundwork with surveyors and design teams to properly lay out these farming communities.

He said that as a part of the application process interested persons must complete an application form, submit your passport and NIB details and pay the appropriate lease and survey payments.

He invited persons from across Abaco to join BAIC in this “most exciting venture.”

“As we gear up to recommence this agricultural initiative BAIC calls upon the presidents of both farming associations (in Abaco) to guide the local farmers on how to proceed with insuring that a variety of produce are cultivated for a successful agriculture sector in our country,” Mr. Smith said.

He said that while BAIC is encouraging farming for the country’s own consumption, “It is also our desire to have farmers products exported all over the world” and he said it will be necessary for farmers to learn proper record keeping to ensure that they can qualify for exports.

Mr. Smith said that he takes his appointment seriously and wants to see agriculture re-established as the third pillar of the economy in The Bahamas.

“We have much work to do in the development of the family islands and we intend to take our mandate to each and every island to create and develop new industries and employment opportunities for all Bahamians, both locally and abroad,” he said.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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