There are several points I would like to make in this final letter and they relate to the natural environment around us, the establishment of a healthy primary production environment (agriculture and fishing), and the protection of both.
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.
Om Grown business on Elbow Cay celebrated healthy living and five years of commercially growing microgreens and sprouts with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on December 1, 2016.
The winter solstice occurs on 21st December and gives us the shortest day of the year. For six months afterwards the days will be getting incrementally longer and many plants will respond favourably. Growing crops becomes easier after the solstice.
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'.
“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.
The first All Abaco Farmers and Bahamian Arts & Crafts Market was held in Treasure Cay under the theme of ‘Family Heritage Fun Day.’ The event united vendors and shoppers from all parts of the island.
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.