Idle Agricultural Land: Do Marijuana Growers Have a Praedial Larceny Problem?

The following article was submitted by Peter Webster to the Nation newspaper and is yet to be published – Barbados Underground

The Agriculture sector continues to be in a state of drift under the leadership of Minister of Agriculture David Estwick and CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul.

The article titled “Let Farmers use idle land” in the Sunday Sun 24.09.17 which claimed that “marijuana growers were constantly taking advantage of unused plantation land left bare by privileged plantation owners” is misleading social mischief. Barbados produces very little marijuana, probably less than five acres per year. Most is imported. The facts are:

  1. There are currently more than 1,000 acres of idle, uncultivated, small (less than 10 acre) agricultural lots in Barbados. Not just plantation lands are idle. Why?
  2. Most farmers in Barbados suffer from a lack of water (rain and or irrigation) to grow their food and vegetable crops other than those planted in September to November;
  3. The Minister of Agriculture once asked a stakeholders meeting of farmers what their problems were. They unanimously responded that their major problems were “praedial” larceny, “praedial” larceny and “praedial” larceny… What has this government done about praedial larceny? Do the marijuana growers have a praedial larceny problem?
  4. Sugar cane and grass for forage are the only large, field scale crops that can otherwise be grown and they are currently financial losers with an uncertain future. If we could fix the problems of the large field scale crops we would not have any idle land;
  5. The Barbados food and vegetable crop market is limited and this limits the acreage that can be grown in these crops. That is why food and vegetable crops often encounter saturated markets, with the farmers suffering financial losses;
  6. The Government managed plantation lands of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) have been targeted by the marijuana growers as much as the so called “privileged plantation owner lands” and those Government managed lands suffer as much, if not more so, from praedial larceny as any others. The marijuana growers look for the least secure areas;
  7. The foremost idle plantation lands in Barbados are under judicial management. Are those lands privileged?
  8. Marijuana growers have such a lucrative market that they are prepared to cart buckets of water to any hidden nook and cranny, with little regard to cost, in order to grow their high value marijuana and they are not just targeting idle lands but have also used plots within cultivated (sugar cane) fields;
  9. They may be lots of people wanting land to farm in Barbados, but it is a myth that there are lots of “farmers” in Barbados waiting to get agricultural land to cultivate. The results of Government “land lease” and failed “land for landless” projects is that four out of every five (80%) of those so called “farmers” have failed.
  10. The problem with leasing agricultural land in Barbados is that there is no civil justice. The last land owner who needed to remove a tenant took 17 years before the court and high costs to do so.

126 comments

  • Barbadians need to take heed of this FAO delivery!

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  • @ Frustrated B
    Bushie agrees with your analysis of the current idiocy…..

    BUT…the natural corollary to what you are saying however, is that the remnants of the old plantocracy should be handed back full control of sugar….
    In fact, these are EXACT similar fiascos – one too far East ..and the other too far West.

    Perhaps it may not have impacted you as much, but Bushie KNOWS of the consequences to brass bowls such as the bushman, …of full ownership of the sugar infrastructure by the plantocracy….

    NOT for shiite again….

    Private ownership …. YES!!!
    But private COMMUNITY ownership.

    …and yuh can’t beat coops.

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  • Hants

    you forgot Maison Ferrand bought the WIRR, before GEL sold the Cockspur/J&R brands.
    The same MF are the ones who sell Plantation branded rums at the LCBO from various Caribbean sources, including a bottle of Barbados 20th Anniversary XO for $76. Wanna bet that is aged rum from WIRR? When was the last time you saw Cockspur of any type at the LCBO? Never a bottle from R.L.Seale at LCBO, though I saw some in England this year.
    And recently all I ever found (in the US) was Cockspur Bajan crafted Rum, never the VSOR or others.
    https://therumhowlerblog.com/2010/02/02/rum-review-cockspur-12-year-old-bajan-crafted-rum/

    It is a marketing game.

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  • Hants con’t
    is this the root cause of the WIRR/WIRD sale?

    National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ) is a partnership between three separate entities, the National Sugar Company of Jamaica (which is owned by the Jamaican Government), Goddard Enterprises (which is the parent company of the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados), and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) (the makers of El Dorado Rum in Guyana, South America). National Rums of Jamaica owns 73 % of the Claredon Distillery; the other 27 % is apparently owned by Diageo who have historic ties to Jamaica which is the original home of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.

    and notice how the company name Diageo, appears everywhere.

    beyond Bim…Groupo Campari bought out Wray & Nephew in J’ca (which owns Appleton + others)….now you know why Wray & Nephew branded rum is showing up all over the LCBO.

    and a final note in the Clico involvement, the Angostura matter in T&T isn’t over yet
    http://www.guardian.co.tt/business-guardian/2012-12-20/will-campari-acquire-angostura-stealth

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Bushy, what you are suggesting is communism and socialism.

    Neither works. Too many chiefs, not enough indians.

    What I’m suggesting with regard to sugar is exactly the same as every other aspect of Bajan life needs to return productivity and efficiency; a disengagement of gov’t from any activity that should be determined by free trade.

    Remember that the serf system in Europe only functioned until the great plagues that made it necessary to pay for labour due to a shortage thereof.

    Before that labourers gave their effort in exchange for grain, somewhere to build a hovel and keep some animals. Those days are long gone.

    In any new agricultural model, labour will be at a premium and will probably have to be imported like during the height of our sugar production in the 50s, 60s and 70s when every plantation had barracks for imported cane-cutters.

    The purpose of Gov’t is to LEGISLATE, REGULATE AND FACILITATE, NOT OPERATE.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/170459946321730/permalink/1788948081139567/

    Oneal Hunteblackbelly & other breed sheep in Barbados
    This Goat was sold for US $52,000.00.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Other Caribbean countries are seeing the light, coming out of darkness.

    “Most St Lucians support the relaxing of marijuana laws, according to a poll carried out by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES).

    The current legal status were preferred by 38% of those questioned, while 51% supported full legalisation or partial decriminalisation, which CADRES said “essentially means that most St Lucians are opposed to the maintenance of the status quo.”

    Approximately 1,000 people were interviewed across the island in September.

    Participants were asked their “views on the decriminalisation of marijuana in St Lucia” and provided with three possible responses, as well as the option not to respond.

    According to CADRES, which also conducted similar polls in several Caribbean islands including Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the results tell an important story that is likely to be applicable across the region.

    “It is interesting to note that the attitude of St Lucians on this issue is similar to that of all other Caribbean countries surveyed, especially as the margin of error associated with these surveys is plus or minus 5%,” the organisation said in a statement.

    “St Lucia therefore shares the same attitude towards full legalisation with St Vincent, while Barbados, Dominica and Antigua all have a slightly larger quantity of persons who are supportive of full legalisation.

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    “Similarly, the 38 per cent of St Lucians that opted for the status quo is consistent with the level of opposition to decriminalisation in St Vincent, Dominica and Barbados.””

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    “Private ownership …. YES!!!”

    With no help from government, no subsidies, no loans..

    ……no engaging the majority Black population to create slave labor or low wages….

    ,…and make them pay to get control of the industry, let them borrow from banks so the state would allow them control of the sugar industry…

    …..if they fail, the industry returns to the state, no bailouts..

    ….. if they violate any terms of agreement, the industry returns to the state..

    .,… no importing slave labor to violate any human rights…

    Bushman….they would have to abide by those terms.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Trinidad’s free thinker is weighing in…

    “Barataria/San Juan MP Dr Fuad Khan has called for the decriminalisation of marijuana and sex workers.

    He said illegal activity as marijuana use or prostitution pose no real threat or danger to society and too often persons charged with these offences are oppressed, humiliated and branded as criminals. And by decriminalising these actions, he said, it will protect thousands of citizens from being sent to jail unnecessarily and preserve their lives, which would have been destroyed as a result.

    Khan said it will also provide Government with the ability to put regulations in place and weed out any criminal elements that may be entangled within them.

    Following his contribution to the 2018 Appropriation Bill in Parliament last week, Khan said, he has been inundated with calls and messages in support of his statement.

    Khan said as is the case with all psychotropic drugs, both legal and illegal, marijuana has the ability to lead to debilitating addiction and all of the fallout associated with that. But in small doses marijuana also has many applications in medicine and presents a healthier alternative to persons who consume other narcotics, both legal and illegal, he said………”

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  • You can’t eat Marijuana!!

    If everybody legalizes it the law of supply and demand dictates the price will fall through the floor!!

    Barbados is just too small, as it always was and will be to compete.

    Sugar Cane, another form of grass remains the only large scale viable crop but as it was in the beginning it will never be profitable long term.

    We just need to realise it does not have to be financially viable for it to be economically viable.

    Our ancestors were smart enough to have figured that one out with no UWI!!

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  • “If everybody legalizes it the law of supply and demand dictates the price will fall through the floor”

    Ya think? So the Canadian government decides to legalize pot. They decide to leave regional implementation to local government. Several of these decide to market pot via provincial government run bodies, like they do with alcohol. Many of these provincial bodies buy a 26oz bottle at 5.70 and sell it at 26.95. If you think they’re dropping the price of pot anytime soon u r dead wrong. And anybody else who sells pot, is now an ‘enemy’. Watch them create a whole new policing body to ‘enforce pot sales laws’. When the government smells revenue, watch out.

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  • @NorthernObserver October 18, 2017 at 11:41 PM “When the government smells revenue, watch out.”

    Revenue/money is the crack that keeps governments going.

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  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/05/how-legalization-caused-the-price-of-marijuana-to-collapse/?utm_term=.c490f29117d8

    Once everyone legalizes marijuana it becomes like any other agricultural product, cheap!!

    The low cost producers will drive the high cost producers out of the market.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Good….the byproducts of marijuana produced by the majority population, used by them to cut costs and exported to generate revenue is all that matters….

    …..everyone else who like to tief labor and exploit to tief from pensioners and taxpayers can go suck rotten eggs.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John October 19, 2017 at 4:01 AM
    “Once everyone legalizes marijuana it becomes like any other agricultural product, cheap!!
    The low cost producers will drive the high cost producers out of the market.”

    Bingo, John! There goes the almost perfect solution to the “illegal” trade in marihuana and the associated crime.

    When last did you see men killing one another over alcohol or tobacco?

    Do you see Bajan “entrepreneurs” opening rum shops to sell cigarettes?

    At last, a practical ‘agro-economist’ with the key to the tool shed that contains some workable forex saving measures.

    Now who would want to incur such high cost of importing ‘mary-jane’ when you could get the local variety for the ‘next-bambu-to-rizla’ at Rosita & Clementina drug store while doing some national good by saving some of the scarce forex and by stimulating the local economy through a naturally-occurring programme of import substitution creating an upmarket supply chain where there is a ‘high’ demand for the Bajan brands of “Mount Josephine” and “Maxwell Heights”.

    The one ‘drawback’ to the ‘freeing-up’ of the herb to local production is that the Bajan equivalent of the ATF would have little to do and with so much ‘idle’ time on its hand might just divert its resources in the ‘war’ against cyber crime.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    lol…

    Miller….one day John and his ilk will realize, they are no longer in control, a major transition and transfer of power to it`s rightful owners…the majority population….. took place while they were counting their illgotten gains….or asleep.

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  • As the price of marijuana declines and it is in the short term profitable, large farmers with water to grow the marijuana, the plantations will reap a harvest!!

    The era of small farmer who had to “truck water in” will disappear!!

    This will give the large farming units the needed cash flow to diversify out of marijuana and get their lands back into cultivation.

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  • … and since COW and Bizzy own Four Square, Groves and Kendal, getting up to 1500 acres, oh yeah, Lears too plenty water,, they will do de dawg!!!

    No water trucking for them!!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ John October 19, 2017 at 2:50 PM #
    “… and since COW and Bizzy own Four Square, Groves and Kendal, getting up to 1500 acres, oh yeah, Lears too plenty water,, they will do de dawg!!!
    No water trucking for them!!”

    John, you purposely forgot to mention that these big boys will also NOT be hauled before the courts or be spending 1 day behind bars as currently happens with the small-scale (black) farmers.

    So the growing of marijuana under the control of the big boys will no longer be the evil plant of the underworld but be beatified as the saviour of the Bajan economy just like the hypocrites are doing in the great white North and even as near as Jamaica.

    Poor Peter Tosh must be weeping with ‘joyful’ resentment in his grave overgrown with collie weed as he sings with in his melodiously ‘high’ voice:

    “Legalize it
    And don’t criticize it
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    And I will advertise it

    Some call it tampje
    Some call it the weed
    Some call it marijuana
    Some of them call it ganja

    Legalize it
    And don’t criticize it
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    And I will advertise it

    Singers smoke it
    And players of instrument too
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    That’s the best thing you can do

    Doctors smoke it
    Nurses smoke it
    Judges smoke it
    Even the lawyer do

    So you got to…
    Legalize it
    And don’t criticize it
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    And I will advertise it

    It’s good for the flu
    Good for asthma
    Good for tuberculosis
    Even umara composis

    So you got to…
    Legalize it
    And don’t criticize it
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    And I will advertise it

    Bird eat it
    Ants love it
    Fowls eat it
    Goats love to play with it so…

    So you got to…
    Legalize it
    And don’t criticize it
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    And I will advertise it..”

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  • “The low cost producers will drive the high cost producers out of the market”

    This, on the surface, makes logical sense. But the marketers are way ahead of this. Once they find an intermediary they can rape, cost of production becomes irrelevant.

    Ever notice how prescription drug prices rose as more people had insurance in the USA? Pharma could raise prices without having it in the consumers face, and to ‘look good’ they gave physicians ‘deep discount coupons’ for those who did not have insurance. The only hiccup, was insurance didn’t wish to pay for brand name when they were generics available, so all those consumers who previously insisted on ‘brand name’ drugs, now had to pay an upcharge versus the generics. Or accept the generics. Some of these products were decades old, the cost of production had no relevance to price, it was, what they could charge.

    Ditto for alcohol. Elsewhere, it has been observed MGay, Appleton, WIRD (Cockspur), Captain Morgan (beyond J’ca shores) have fallen into to foreign hands. This has little to do with ‘costs of production’ and everything to do with sales. When wholesalers like Diageo et al, get their hands on multiple brands, they wave a big stick. They demand if you want ‘this brand of vodka’ you also order brand X in whiskey, rum, gin, wine, liqueur etc etc. The lone wolf distiller has a nightmare getting shelf space. And when alcohol retail is publicly owned, the challenge is greater, the big stick wavers have a greater advantage. (One buyer to play with).

    So pot, like all the others, will become a marketing game.

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  • Miller

    The Govt owns/controls the most agricultural land in Bim.

    …..majority of the Scotland District where many of the current hemp planters operate from which includes the CLICO 2000 plus acres.

    ……then the lands of all the indebted plantations to the old Agricultural Bank managed by the BADMC.

    I keep saying those farmers in Dodds can start growing at the old Dodds plantation lands……….that still require permission to be used for agriculture……….and when they legalise the growing put some in charge of operations as they know how to deal with production under severe conditions as well as praedial larceny.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    “This, on the surface, makes logical sense. But the marketers are way ahead of this. Once they find an intermediary they can rape, cost of production becomes irrelevant.”

    Those dollar bills rotating in John’s eyes wont be for the Cows and Bizzys…..the market for medicinal marijuana and marijuana byproducts in the big countries and even Barbados has already been cornered….no one will let those greedy minority crooks in, they dont need them.

    Jamaica git in early because they produce such high volumes and quality.

    It is already a marketing game…but the local majority population who have worked with it for decades among themselves…know exactly what to expect.

    People I know have already put systems in place.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    All the hypocrites who spent decades demonizing the plant and the Black population who used it will now want to go a hogging…find something else or stick with what ya got. ..yall are too greedy and covetous.

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  • WW
    I know how you love the majority/minority angle. But as long as you have (what you call) house negroes, and what BT’s calls ‘other albino centric members of the majority population’, literally anything is possible amidst your ‘systems in place’. Some ferner will come outta da blue, have access to the forex and who knows what will appear. It ent like it en happen before?

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  • Always the problem!

     

    Bail and small fines not enough for crop thieves

    KERRI GOODING CREATED : 18 OCTOBER 2017BARBADOS NEWS

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    Crop thieves need to feel the brunt of the law.

    A one thousand dollar fine judgement handed down to a man charged for the theft of 80 pounds of cassava from a plantation is not sitting well with the Barbados Agriculture Society (BAS).

    President James Paul told Loop News that these slight judgments are what could discourage and dissuade persons from investing heavily in farming to the detriment of the entire country because the food import bill already is too high.

    Questioning the granting of bail and payment of fines as a consequence when one pleads guilty to crop theft, Paul told Loop News,

    “It seems as if these people yes are being given a slap on the wrist and many agriculturists will say that. It seems as though the matters are not be attended to in a serious enough manner by the courts because they are letting these people out to go and do the same thing again. But we need to send stern messages to people out there that this kind of thing will not be tolerated.”

    Caught while trying to escape after thieving some 80 pounds of cassava from a plantation, Paul urged that judges and magistrates must look at the bigger picture because this may be the one time the repeat offender is caught, but not his or her first theft.

    “It is sad really though that the person would do that kind of stuff, first of all, and in terms of the fine,… I think they really should look at these sentences on these people who commit this kind of crime. Some may argue it is not enough… They might see it as a light sentence especially as this might be the one time that he has been caught but there may have been other times where he has not been caught. It is these considerations, I believe that you have to think of too.”

    He said that the picture in its entirety must be understood before handing down lenient judgements;“It is preventing people from making the kind of investment that is required. If we continue to see offenders apprehended and given serious sentences, that way it would act as a deterrent for those who would want to engage in the practice of stealing agriculture produce.”

    Moreover, he asserted that the lack of any real prison time or large fine amounts is having a negative impact on agriculture.

    Paul said it is not running people away from the field, but it is hampering how much cultivating they pursue.

    Noting that there is still interest being shown by persons to get into agriculture, he said that persons may not be calling it quits and packing up their tools, but people are not cultivating on all of their available acres.

    Seeing the leniency granted to crop thieves, people are not motivated to put in more at the risk of reaping less due to praedial larceny.

    “I would say in the last year, we have seen people still interested, as a matter of fact on a monthly basis we see people expressing an interest in getting involved in farming so I can’t say that as a result of this that we will see a decline in numbers. People still want to get it.

    “But certainly what I think would increase, is the acreage that is under production if people know that once people are caught there will be dealt with truthfully. That is what is compromising the industry.”

    Paul said at present if a man has 20 acres he is only putting one-quarter in production, for fear of investing too much and losing much to thieves. “But on the other hand, if he gets the impressions that the law is behind him on this and if he invests and is able to at least able to get back as much as he invests, that would give people greater incentive to increase the amount of land that is under cultivation.”

    Roland Romel Layne, 37, of Edey Village, Christ Church, appeared before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates Court Monday, October 16, 2017, charged with the theft of the 80 lbs of cassava from Sundale Trading Company and two counts of assault.

    He pleaded guilty to the theft of cassavas and was fined $1000 to be paid by November 28, 2017, or 6 months in prison.

    However, he pleaded not guilty to the two counts of assault and was granted $1500 bail with one surety to reappear in the District ‘B’ Court on November 16, 2017.

    Layne who is known as ‘Mr Agriculture’ on a popular radio call-in programme called the station and retaliated after numerous comments on Facebook and on air saying that he was not guilty and lamented, “What I don’t like is people trying to take the situation and twist it all around to make me look like a ‘hard blown’ criminal, which I am not.”

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  • IF TRUE…..”He pleaded guilty to the theft of cassavas and was fined $1000 to be paid by November 28, 2017, or 6 months in prison.”

    IF TRUE….. ” on air saying that he was not guilty and lamented, “What I don’t like is people trying to take the situation and twist it all around to make me look like a ‘hard blown’ criminal, which I am not.”

    He is not a hard blown criminal. He is a puckin tief.

    Farming requires upfront investment in each crop.

    That is why crop thieves deserve severe penalties and should be made to pay restitution to the farmer.

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  • It is important to understand that the farmer has to wait until his crop is market ready.

    Some varieties of tomatoes take 2 to 3 months. That means no cash flow for about 3 months. Then along comes a crop thief ,,,,,,,,

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  • @Hants

    Can you guess what is one of the headlines on the TV news tonight?

    Yes, praedial larceny!

    How many years have we been hearing the lament from officials?

    A couple months to go to a general election and we are hearing about draft legislation to support a system to attack the scourge.

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  • Poetic justice would be to sentence the cassava crook to a term in Dodds where his expertise could be utilized. There is a field of cassava currently under cultivation there and he could bring his quick harvesting skills into full display.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Northern…that is why from Barbados to US….there is a call to get rid of the house negros….particularly those in Barbados’ parliament, because of their treachery. ..

    …..pèople have to do things and make sure they never find out to sell out…the house negro is a danger to all.

    re the marijuana business, Barbados does not have enough acreage for the greedy to prosper in that business. …so it is those who have already built their networks throughout the Caribbean will survive in that business….

    …..and they will not take kindly to minorities who helped demonize them for decades trying to hog anything or trying to tief anything…that is the reality.

    The can have the house negros, but that is all they will get.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Sarge keeps advertising this cassava growing by Dodds, they might not even be there anymore…lol

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  • @David “theft of 80 pounds of cassava”

    Stupseee!!!

    The thing is cassava is very, very, very easy to grow. I myself grew about 1200 pounds last year and without much effort I am doing the same this year.

    Have the field ploughed in May. A small field will cost about $200. Plant the cassava sticks. The Lord will send his sun and rain. Add a bit of fertilizer from to time. The Lord will send more sun and more rain. Pull the weeds out. Harvest the thing 5 or 6 month later.

    Since cassava is indigenous to Barbados, the Arawaks and Kalinago have been growing it here for 3,000 or 4,000 years, it is highly adapted to this environment and real real easy to grow.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Simple Simon October 20, 2017 at 12:04 AM #
    “Since cassava is indigenous to Barbados, the Arawaks and Kalinago have been growing it here for 3,000 or 4,000 years, it is highly adapted to this environment and real real easy to grow.

    Be careful now SS, you don’t want to attract (again) the keen eyes of Artax in your ‘innocent’ attempts to mislead the BU readers with your misunderstanding of the ‘facts’?

    Like the ‘Potato’ (both sweet and bland) stolen by post-Columbus Europeans, ‘Cassava’ is a root vegetable indigenous to South America and was brought to the ‘Islands’ by the Amerindians as they migrated through the archipelago with “Ichirouganaim” (later ‘christened’ as Barbadoes), although off the beaten, still able to attract its share of visitors.

    Next time- as you stand away from the bus stop awaiting your friendly ZR driver- you might find yourself haphazardly arguing as a matter of fact that the sugarcane plant is also “indigenous” to Barbados just because of the ‘innovative’ work of John ‘Redman’ Bovell and his ‘unrecognized’ ‘black’ chauffeur.

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  • It is interesting to observe James Paul participating in a press conference to share his view on the Straughn suggestion to privatize the Transport Board when agriculture has been steadily declining under his (administration) leadership. What is the priority? How should the people fairly judge his performance?

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  • @millertheanunnaki October 20, 2017 at 8:07 AM “Like the ‘Potato’ (both sweet and bland) stolen by post-Columbus Europeans, ‘Cassava’ is a root vegetable indigenous to South America.”

    So if a plant has been grown in Barbados for thousands of years and it is still an immigrant, when may i ask will it become indigenous?

    I was in Queen’s Park yesterday looking at the baobob tree and there is a sign that says it is 1,000 years old but not native to Barbados.

    A question for wunna scholars. If a tree was hatched and grew up in Barbados and has not stepped foot out of Barbados for more than 1,000 years at what point does it does it become indigenous?

    That tree is more Bajan that me or you or any ‘o we.

    The nerve of some Johnnie come lately human being referring to it as an immigrant.

    Lol.

    G’night, miller etc.

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  • A question for wunna scholars. If a tree was hatched and grew up in Barbados and has not stepped foot out of Barbados for more than 1,000 years at what point does it does it become indigenous?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is the Kangaroo indigenous to Australia?

    When did the aboriginies arrive?

    Are aboriginies indigenous to Australia?

    Everything started from scratch after the flood … nothing is indigenous … to anywhere!!

    Perhaps the Baobab seed first immigrated here in the flood or afterwards, from where, who knows!!

    Doesn’t get more simple than that.

    No scholarship involved!!

    The simple answer is … nothing is indigenous … anywhere in the world you happen to go!!

    The indigenous peoples of the Americas are really not indigenous at all!!

    They were descendants of the first immigrants to America.

    So, in conclusion, nothing is indigenous, everything and everybody is an immigrant, passing through on their journey through life.

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  • Interesting to see that another southern hemisphere country has legalised Hemp.

    http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/peru-passes-legislation-legalise-medical-marijuana

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  • Chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, is calling on officials, and by extension the Government, to look at instituting a food recovery plan in the event of a disaster.
    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/101458/-food-recovery-plan

    Barbados is already experiencing a disaster. Spending hundreds of millions of dollars to import food.

    Your “food-recovery-plan” is needed now.

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  • Paul cant even get the hotel sector to procure its fair share of local produce. He should shut up and continue to do nothing.

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  • David

    Spot on……As a member of govt unable to get your ideas passed either say nothing as Estwick at present or resign before being shortly put out to pasture.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Vincent Haynes October 21, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Just a bunch of motor-mouth hypocrites full sound and fury signifying nothing.
    James Paul’s favourite eating establishment just happens to be Chefette.

    What we want to hear from James Paul and the neutered pit-bull Estwick left with no balls but all squeak is their position on the decriminalization and local production of marijuana for medicinal and commercial purposes.

    How does the political pipsqueak Paul feel about the unemployed young men who are not members of any fictitious gangs in his constituency being sent to prison for the use of an ‘innocent’ herb in order to ‘kill’ idle time?

    Why not promote the local production of the herb as a profitable means of import substitution while providing the opportunity for the same young men to be productively employed in its cultivation, processing and distribution to really bring genuine economic enfranchisement to the same young black masses his own deceitful lying party likes to brag about and promote as only good for participation in the David Thompson Memorial Football Tournament under the influence of the imported variety of the same mary jane.

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  • Thanks David.

    Caricom has CARDI and all govts have access to the UWI Tropical College of Ag. at St.Augustine as well as IICA,FAO and numerous resources from countries involved in Ag. from all over the world.

    All of the above have submitted requested papers on sustainable Ag. for Bim over the years…….go figure.

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  • @John October 21, 2017 at 5:26 AM “Everything started from scratch after the flood…nothing is indigenous…to anywhere!!”

    Dear John:

    You are in the Scripture class and I am in the Science class.

    I am always a little wary of people who say that nothing and nobody is indigenous. Too often in history class it has been proven that such people are up to no good.

    Bye John.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Lol…

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  • You are in the Scripture class and I am in the Science class.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I have done more than my fair share of science, and, ….. probably a lot more than you!!

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  • American Heritage added a new photo — with John Alexander Pilling.
    8 hrs ·

    Drought Follows the Plow

    Before the European powers carved up Africa in the late nineteenth century, the rhythm of cattle herding and agriculture on the Sahel changed little from year to year. The casual observer of a herding community might assume that the constant movements of people and herds were almost haphazard. In fact, the elders discussed every move carefully and acted conservatively. They relied on a remarkably detailed knowledge of the surrounding region, its wate…Continue reading

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ October 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM #
    “You are in the Scripture class and I am in the Science class.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I have done more than my fair share of science, and, ….. probably a lot more than you!!@

    Yet you want us to accept as a ‘scientific fact’ your strong belief in the Judeo creation myth of the planet called Earth and everything else in the universe made up of billions of galaxies, trillions of stars and zillions of planets are less than 10,000 solar years old and all made in 6 days by a omniscient, omnipotent supreme being from outer space called Yahweh who happened to have made the avoidable mistake of creating a most mentally vulnerable and physically defective thing called ‘man’ from which sprung ‘woman’ causing a the biologically impossible event to take place.

    Only one other idiot on BU accepts your ‘scientific’ assertion; Zoe, the other occupant of the bat mobile for religious nutters.

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