The reality of investing in Bahamian agriculture is 'harsh' because of the nature of our natural and economic environments. There is little that can be done with our natural surroundings, but the economic one may certainly be modified.
Following from the first part of my discourse (See Nov 15 Paper) I would take the opportunity to examine the input of the government of The Bahamas to developing an agricultural sector since Independence in 1973.
The Department of Agriculture offered a beekeeping workshop in Abaco on March 20. Together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Department of Cooperatives, the Starlight Foundation and Gold Stream Ltd, the workshop was held on two separate days.
A number of leases for acres of land designated for agricultural use in Abaco and several family islands were signed by the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources on Friday, January 15, 2016 as they work toward the goal of Improving food security in The Bahamas.
On the shelves now in Abaco Groceries, Abaco Treasures and Golden Harvest (Treasure Cay) are jars of delicious guava jam with eye catching labels announcing the name 'Abaconian Guava Jam'.
Hope Town is known for its supportive community which constantly hosts fundraising events for either the Elbow Reef Lighthouse, Friends of the Environment, Hope Town Primary School, Abaco Rage or helping to raise medical funds of those we love and know.
“Progressing Towards Food Security: Our Food, Our Future, Our Bahamas,” was the theme of the 3rd All Abaco Agricultural, Marine Resources and Agribusiness Expo (AgriExpo), which took place on April 17-18 at the BAIC Park.
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 Officially Opened,” stop me if you’ve heard this one before. How many grand gestures have been made to our farmers? How many speeches? How many “big ideas” which are just “around the corner?” Well, you can’t reach past a corner when everything is circular, and that is all we get: the same things over and over, round and around.
Around 30 Abaco farmers held a meeting with the Department of Agriculture on November 20. The meeting was called and chaired by local Dept. head, Josephina Curry. Though a team from Nassau was scheduled to be present to hear local farmers’ concerns, they were unable to make it. Despite the Nassau representatives being absent, the meeting proceeded.