Is Agriculture and Food Security Important?


Indar Weir, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

The Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of David Estwick in the former government became an invisible ministry. While we accept that a lack of resources would have impacted how government carried out its business, a nation that relegates food security to the back burner should expect to be haunted by the decision in a volatile global sphere.

How difficult is it to cultivate linkages between locally produced agriculture, tourism, government (Barbados School Meals, Queen Elizabeth Hospital) and the wider community to guarantee sufficient demand? What is the scorecard of the Barbados Agriculture Society (BAS)? The output from the agriculture sector based on the central bank reports tracking GDP by Sector and Acticity has not shown any appreciable increase in the last decade.

A few weeks ago BU family member Bentley Norville shared the following document to poke those currently responsible to prioritized matters pertaining to agriculture. We hope current minister of agriculture and FOOD SECURITY Indar Weir takes heed.

278 thoughts on “Is Agriculture and Food Security Important?

  1. Today: Mashed yellow sweet potatoes mashed with apple sauce. I would have preferred golden apple sauce but none available today, so I will use “English” apples. A tiny little bit of Bajan brown sugar to sweeten. Black belly lamb stew. The free kale which another small farmer gave be earlier in the week is the side dish.

    Gone for now. I promised that lunch will be ready at 11.

  2. GP; re. your 8:12 am post.

    If you had been paying interest you would have seen mention in some earlier post that Food security is multifactored and could include any enterprise that reduces outflows of foreign currency or increases inflows and thereby allows the country to purchase the foreign foods that it needs. The king grass and River Tamarind projects might appear to you to be running counter to your understanding of food security because it is taking up land that could have been used for sugar cane cultivation. But it is expected to be drastically reducing FX outflows for oil importss. That is what the WTE projects are all about and what the Renewable Energy projects like Photovoltaics etc. are all about.

    The modern concept of Food security is linked with almost everything that impinges on the ability of the nation to provide nutritious food for all its inhabitants. If you were sending back some of your FX from Florida to purchase food for your relatives here that would be a contribution to food security. If you are utilizing our FX here in such a way that it is inaccessible for the purchase of food here, that would be reducing our food security.

    Yuh got it yet?

    I was trying to explain that to you from early on in this discussion when only David seemed to have got it. I accept it was my fault though. Too much pretty convoluted prose.

  3. I cut up, seasoned and refrigerated the lamb last night. Some of the herbs I grew myself, some I got free from other small farmers, some I bought from my favourite Rastafarian gentleman at Cheapside.


    • You can purchase all your vegetables from Cheapside on the weekend, many of the sellers have accents but …

  4. Are-we-there-yet June 29, 2018 9:37 AM
    chou ma mow
    chou ma ma ma mow
    you tink i really care about food security and modern concepts of food security
    I care about cricket, Bible and helping the wife pay our bills
    then when bored, I come here to mock and run old men like you ragged

  5. @ Dr. GP

    Here is the pernicious item

    Ostensibly called Integrity in Public Life Bill 2018

    It is one which fellows like Enuff have either not read of have not only read but realise that, hidden away from the eyes of the average bajan we have seen the manifestation of The Enabling Act of 1933!

    “…The Enabling Act gave Hitler plenary powers. It followed on the heels of the Reichstag Fire Decree, which abolished most civil liberties and transferred state powers to the Reich government.

    The combined effect of the two laws was to transform Hitler’s government into a legal dictatorship.

    The formal name of the Enabling Act was Gesetz zur Behebung der Not von Volk und Reich (“Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich”)…”

    And lest we continue along blindly in this folly about food security I shall give you a part of the Bill

    “…An investigative officer has the function of carrying out investigations in relation to any matter, whether or not involving an alleged offence, in respect of
    which the Commission exercises functions under this Act or any other enactment…”

    But fellows like Enuff, the Emissary of the saviour and champion of ye isle of Barbadoes, will try obfuscating the matter with their equivalencies about $500K, rather $10K show that Mia Cares and that ALL the nefarious passages in the Bill of Despotic Wrongs are necessary for “Integrity in Public Life”

  6. Why would Barbados grow grass to burn to convert to electricity?

    Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year.

    Solar energy should be the replacement for oil generated electricity.

    Wind energy is also viable.

  7. @David June 29, 2018 9:40 AM “You can purchase all your vegetables from Cheapside on the weekend, many of the sellers have accents but.”

    I have no problem with accents. In my family of course we love our Bajans but we are also “aggressive” out marry-ers. We have married all over the Caribbean, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent; and into Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

    We have no problems with anybody’s accent, or colour, or religion or ethnicity, or where you or your parents were born. If you are human, yes, we will love you and marry you.

  8. I am laughing at this exercise and experience that morphs into a quasi censorship.

    But here is what de ole man proposes to do

    There are 3 main newspapers in Barbados

    Two of them are owned by the Barbados Labour Party and one though not owned by the Barbados Labour Party will sometimes defer to it

    But they all like Barbados Underground want readership.

    But unlike Barbados Underground, they don’t get paid Unless Their Newspapers Sell.

    So what de ole msn going do is very simple.

    I GOING ask dem for a pick

    All of dem, seriously ask, not like my former jokes cause this is too serious a matter to be playing these games with.

    And I will do two other things which i had held in abeyance

    Both on devices that you can’t see

    I also will send an Article to you for blogging called

    How “Mia Cares” – see her 2018 Law that WILL END ALL BAJAN FREEDOMS LIKE HITLER’S ENABLEMENT ACT OF 1933…

    I doubt that you will publish it but there are 2 other ones that will

  9. Why would Barbados grow grass to burn to convert to electricity?
    Barbados has over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year.
    Solar energy should be the replacement for oil generated electricity.
    Wind energy is also viable.


    Here is the logic.

    Sugar is unprofitable. For every ton produced money is lost.

    For the moment, most of our energy is imported in the form of fossil fuel.

    Foreign exchange is required.

    Hence the King Grass.

    Fuel cane was at one time mooted and tried and the GOB has also tried Miamosi/River Tamarind.

    Pass the Belle and see examples.

    How I read the numbers for this enterprise is that Private Enterprise has diversified out of loss making sugar and into a different form of grass.

    They still maintain 30 odd acres of cane my bet as a seed store in case it ever becomes profitable again.

    The Enterprise does not seem to depend on Government just BL&P and ARMAG.

    Two crops a year are possible.

    More importantly, arable land stays arable.

    The 300 plus years of investment of labour and capital is not thrown away.

    Full marks for taking a lemon and making lemonade.

  10. John, re. your 4:49 pm post.

    Sounds fairly reasonable to me.

    Provides an aesthetic rescue from the River Tamarind project as the scenic outlook will be essentially maintained.

    Promises to add significantly to Barbados’ capacity to reduce our reliance on imported Oil,

    Does not take away from ongoing efforts to utilize Solar and Wind energy which also reduce our reliance on Imported Oil, at this time.

    Allows large farmers to utilize their lands in a productive and economic manner, after much of their lands were largely maintained and saved from bankruptcy by bipartisan Government policies.

    and does little substantive damage to the concepts of food security, at this time, except that it might possibly exclude a significant number of small land holders from gainful access to the process.

    Not bad, yuh!

  11. PUDRYR, at 11:08 am

    Thanks for posting the link to the draft Act

    You excerpted one portion of that draft act (reproduced below) seemingly to demonstrate the Act’s most germain aspect that suggests that it might be on par with the intent of the two laws which transformed Hitler’s government into a legal dictatorship.

    The excerpt was ““…An investigative officer has the function of carrying out investigations in relation to any matter, whether or not involving an alleged offence, in respect of which the Commission exercises functions under this Act or any other enactment…””

    The excerpt is actually the whole of Section 9 (2)

    I tried to see where this section merited being so highlighted and could find nothing obvious. I have no legal credentials so I would be most grateful if you would explain why that section might be an examplar of the egregious nature of the draft Act as you appear to be suggesting in your post.

  12. @ AWTY
    I think it is this phrase: “whether or not involving an alleged offence.” In other words, you do not have to have committed an offence, alleged, perceived or real to be investigated. I went to de stan pipe, so I could be wrong.

  13. St. Thomas was always considered an agricultural parish.

    Here are the 56 plantations that existed in St. Thomas in the 1850’s and their acreages back then.

    Which one’s can you identify as being in hands of large farmers and suitable for agriculture?

    Can you identify the large farmers?

    Total acreage 8,387.5 Acres.

    Vaucluse 582
    Mount Wilton 525
    Applewhaites 456
    Dunscombe 375
    Fisher Pond 314
    Farmer’s 306
    Hopewell 300
    Walkes Spring 299
    Hillaby 297
    Bennett’s 292
    Clifton 241
    Lion Castle 234
    Mangrove Pond 234
    Cane Garden 232
    Edgehill 231
    Canefield 229
    Welchman Hall 214
    Ridgeway 212
    Content 211
    Duke’s 181.5
    Ashford 165
    Parkham Park 154
    Welches 153
    Highland 152
    Social Hall 142
    Sturges 134
    Groves 124
    Strong Hope 123
    Olive Branch 110
    Exchange 97
    Arthur’s Seat 95
    Mallards 92
    Bloomsbury 86
    Fortress 86
    Grandview 83
    Bushy Park 73
    Hedgefield 59
    Endeavour 54
    Selmans 51
    Apple Grove 50
    Bucks 47
    Caledonia 45
    Hopefield 39
    Rose Cottage 29
    Pleasant Vale 27
    Mount Fruitful 21
    Battery 20
    Chance Hall 20
    Glendale 20
    Chance Field 17
    White Farm 17
    Airy Cot 12
    Arise 10
    Early Rise 8
    Uphill 4
    Bridge Cottage 3

  14. Here is St. John, another agricultural parish.

    Kendal 751
    Colleton 537
    Newcastle 455
    Codrington College 438
    Bath 426
    Clifton Hall 415
    Hothersall 401
    Guinea 384
    Pool 365
    Henley 338
    Society 336
    Byde Mill 324
    Malvern 315
    Claybury 300
    Haynes Field 300
    Todds 275
    Cliff 236
    Bowmanston 232
    Lightfoot’s 203
    Ashford 198
    Quintynes 171
    Sealy Hall 153
    Haynes Hill 121
    Stewart’s Hill 120
    Venture 120
    Victoria 100
    Edge Cliff 94
    Risk 59
    Eastmont 44
    Providence 37
    Belle Farm 36
    Cliff Cottage 31
    Glenburnie 30
    Rose Gate 30
    Hope 29
    Carters 24
    Endeavour 16
    Sherbourne 11
    Cheshire 7

  15. … and St. George

    Drax Hall 879
    Constant 481
    Bulkeley’s 371
    Stepney 365
    Locust Hall 340
    Boarded Hall 313
    Brighton 311
    Ashbury 307
    Salters 294
    Mount 292
    Hanson 274
    Walkers 264
    Carmichael’s 257
    Windsor 250
    Jordan’s 247
    French’s 245
    Valley 243
    Buttals 219
    Cottage 216
    Farm 214
    Lemon Arbour 189
    Redland 188
    Golden Ridge 181
    Moonshine Hall 168
    Rowans 165
    Egerton 163
    Groves 160
    Woodland 147
    Hope 140
    Fair View 137
    Thorpe Cottage 134
    Ellesmere 120
    Greens 112
    Prerogative 107
    Newbury 93
    Endeavour 80
    Rose Hill 66
    New Market 50
    St. Helens 45
    Mayfield 44
    Union 40
    Prospect 35
    Belle Lair 33
    Bridgecot 31
    Weeke’s 29
    Airy Hill 28
    Moscow 27
    Supply 25
    White Cottage 22
    Hilbury 21
    Rural Cottage 18
    Market Hill 16
    Rose Mont 15
    Sweet Vale 14
    Salisbury 13
    Triumph 13
    Exchange 11
    Harmony Cottage 10
    First Step 7
    Redland Cottage 5
    Humble Village 3

  16. Bajans;

    I agree with you that the phrase you identified seems likely to be the one in the section that might suggest it could be used to bring any matter at all, no matter how spurious, into the net for investigation by the Commission. But, as a layman, it seemed to me that if that phrase were omitted the section would have essentially the same effect under normal circumstances and not appear to be so threatening. So why put it in? So I wondered if it was actually a boiler plate mix of legalese, probably found in numerous laws in Commonwealth countries, placed strategically to cover all bases and legally enable an investigator or Inspector or other similar functionary to follow leads as they become available while working on a case that fits firmly within the bailiwick of the relevant Commissioner or Authority. Of course there should be specific safeguards enacted if this were so to ensure that the constitutional rights of anyone trapped in such a situation were not trampled on..

    I suspect that there are numerous interpretations that might make that section seem less threatening as well as some that might make it seem even more threatening. I suspect we need the input of a real-real Lawyer. I wonder if our legal expert would deign to comment on the matter?

    But it seems to be just a draft, which must go through a rigorous process before it could be passed into law. Is PUDRYR jump starting the process? possibly. Is there reason to question the intentions of the new Government at this stage? Perhaps not, but it is also possible that PUDRYR has better intuition in such matters than either you or I.

    Thanks for engaging the other old man with little else to do but cavil with words and their meanings.

  17. John, re. your posts of Ca. 9:38 pm

    Impressive lists! but since they were of the 1865 plantations and large farms I was surprised that some of the names were still
    recognizable but most as residential areas today, not as large or even small farms. You asked “Which one’s can you identify as being in hands of large farmers and suitable for agriculture? Can you identify the large farmers?”

    I fear that I must fail the assignment. I could only attempt to do the assignment by using a cutoff acreage, say 400 acres, to separate the large plantations from the small ones. But that would give no proper indication of the actual sizes today in 2018 since amalgamations and change of use of significant portions of the old plantations since 1865 would make a mockery of any result I would get.

    Perhaps you could identify the ones that are asociated with Armag and the names of the principals of Armag and the owners of those plantations. I’m almost certain that they would qualify as large plantations.

    Yuh couldnt get uh list of the current sugar plantations and the sugar plantations that have filed for change of use. Those may be more interesting statistics re. food security.

  18. Let’s try CLICO first.

    Todds 275
    Lemon Arbour 189
    Henley 338
    Haynes Field 300
    Pool 365

    1467 Acres in all!!

    Wakefield today was Haynes Field in the 1850’s

  19. @ Are We There Yet

    Here is my concern.


    There are innumerable organisations out there which currently effect similar functions which can be tweaked to effect everything that this entity is doing without creating your own police force which can on a whim summons anyone and seize anything based on my friend the Commissioner of Integrity being issued a warrant.

    Why not empower the ever vigilant PAC or more specifically the Auditor General’s office to investigate the prolonged existing infelecities?

    No siree we ignoring them altogether and are forming a nex domain for we friends that answers only to and here is the beaver, the Minister of Finance. MIA CARES

    Why is it so glaringly obvious thst instead of giving teeth to currently IMPOTENT agencies you are creating new ones that can arrest people on a Willy nilly basis?

    Let me show you Willy nilly

    Read Section 11. 4(c)

    “…a person who refuses, without sufficient cause, to answer or to answer fully and satisfactorily to the best of his knowledge and belief, all questions put to him by or with the concurrence of the Commission; is guilty of an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $10 000
    or to imprisonment for 6 months or to both.


    You feeling me?

    So besides the fact that they mispelt memorandum on the very first line which eould suggest that an idiot, probably Dale or Kerrie drafted it, you are seeing the language of vindictiveness permeating this document AT ITS ONSET.

    DE OLE MAN GOING have to see ef a nex body can sit down and go through this document with a fine tooth comb and comment on the thousands of despot enabling moves that the document is replete with.

  20. Barbados Farms is Sagicor

    In St. George these plantations are as far as I remember

    Bulkeley’s 371
    Stepney 365
    Boarded Hall 313
    Brighton 311
    Carmichael’s 257
    Windsor 250
    Jordan’s 247
    Buttals 219

    2,333 Acres in all.

    Orange Hill, 355 acres in St. Peter is also Barbados Farms I believe.

    That makes 2,688 acres in all.

  21. Of those three, the Government would owe most to Barbados Farms.

    CLICO doesn’t produce anything, ARMAG has diversified away from sugar but Barbados Farms is still largely in sugar.

    Drive around and look and see if I am right or wrong.

  22. @Pieces, first up thanks for highlighting this draft bill but as you suggested why append this here …it is too important to be lost amidst other stuff!

    I am impressed with your conspiratorial focus on this one (on one or two occassions I think you go off the edge with the lurking bogeyman construct ) and the Third Reich comparison…that is a WTF type comparison.

    Now @Are-We, I believe @Bajans has a very valid point. Yes, this is another layman speaking but for all practical purposes no ‘police/regulatory ‘ body can simply decide to investigate someone unless there is something called probable cause…now of course that may be initiated by a citizen allegation, a noticeable concern or other reason but the wording of that clause gives the sense that merely the INTEREST of an investigating officer can initiate an investigation.

    That sir is the style of the regimes of the Putins of this world….NOT democratically ran nations which respond to rule of law!

    We shall see as this strangely scary draft doc is vetted. Mr Pieces makes a very impactful point: why the need for a new investigatory body anyhow? What matters are now so egregiously slippery that this new body has to be created.

  23. Let’s assume we produce 20,000 tonnes of sugar a year, that is high, most recent years I seem to remember 12,000.

    It takes just under 10 tonnes of cane to produce a ton of sugar so we grow about 200,000 tonnes of cane.

    Yields vary between crops but I am going to assume 30 tonnes per acre..

    So we use about 6-7000 acres to produce the sugar we make.

    It could be 4,000 acres.

    Total acreage of Barbados …. 106,000 acres!!!

    1/3 -1/2 of the sugar output is attributable to Barbados Farms and Sagicor.

  24. PUDRYR re. your 12:40 am post;

    Brilliantly answered!

    I agree with your analysis totally and now fully understand the urgency of your ringing the figurative alarm bells on this one.

    dpD; I also agree with yours, to a large extent, but need to see the other side of the argument put by a real real lawyer as my past acquaintance with some, now relatively old, non consequential Laws as viewed from the metric of national importance, suggests that under those acts Inspectors had been given similar latitudes.

    Is the issue of corruption not a huge one almost universally recognized by the BU family? Should we not all recognize the importance of due process in consideration of the draft and ensuring that it does not contain the seeds of offshoots similar to the hyperbolic raising up of the Hitlerian Third Reich? Should we not also recognize the possibility that there might have been a strategic placement of the offending sections in this act to provide a machavellian excuse to have an integrity act sidelined once again? Shouldn’t there be some dispassionate look at all the aspects of the Act before we jump to conclude that it is a thin edge of the web to institute a Mugabe like regime but rather have it examined dispassionately to see if it is instead a ploy to brilliantly have it sidelined once again?

    Where are the BU legal advisors when we need them?

  25. @ Are We There Yet & De Ingrunt Word

    It is my hope that IF, DE OLE MAN ‘S article on The Despot Bill of 2018 gets posted that it is not deemed ” a tale told by an idiot …full of hot air and signifying nothing” heheheh but us being more vigilant having suffered through 10 years if fools

  26. John; Thanks! Very interesting data. I’ve been out of touch with the current developments re. land use for well over a decade. I accept fully your latest data that shows the current stark position. I suspect that the policy makers in Government and the Private Sector alike are perfectly aware of exactly where we stand and what has to be done for Barbados to forge a new path and bounce back into a stable position.

    Barrow’s land use aphorism has practically been realized. There is no going back. To me, the next question is how important is it to develop a a new forward looking, pragmatic land use and developmental policy that would realistically look at the current situation and assist all sectors of the land holding populace to contribute meaningfully and strategically to agreed developmental goals? In a nutshell, that is at the root of the question that David asks in this blog: “Is Agriculture and Food Security important?” I again think that they are of great importance culturally, if not economically and that the policy prescriptions that will define the extent of the involvement of the relevant sectors need to be worked out very carefully to ensure that every subsector is empowered to make its unique contribution and that no sector is left behind. But it is quite possible that, if this has not been worked out so far, now is the right time to do so and get it right for the optimal development of Barbados into the near future.

    As you have hinted, Barbados is no longer an Island of Plantations but that it is now a mix of just a few aggregations of plantations and dominant large producers of some staple foods and a relatively large number of small traditional agricultural enterprises. Do you have any data on the parameters that might define those small producers and their production? The most current census might provide such data even if not in the form desired for the kind of analysis I am thinking of.

    Another question of paramount importance is. Is there a shared vision of the Government and the private sector of what Barbados must look like in the next 5 or 10 years? Is the new rash of discussions between the Government and the Social Partnership emblematic of good strategic collaboration in the months and years to come?

    But the best question is where do we go from here? We could seek to get back on a path similar to that which the Cayman Islands took several years ago or one which Jamaica took around the same time. Which one should we take or should we forge an entirely new one? Your data has some implicit suggestions re. a desired route but it does not rule out other alternatives which might be of benefit to Barbados. The idea of concentrating on a blue economy is a very refreshing and indeed innovative one, and taking the green economy and tourism and the agricultural linkages thereto into full strategic consideration, might pay huge dividends. The Barbados of 2028 might well be a wonder of the World re. rate of development of a small economy.

  27. The question to be asked is …. why is Sagicor willing to make a loss in sugar?

    The next question becomes, what does it want in exchange?

    … and the answer is ….!!

  28. John;

    I pass!!

    I know nothing of the big foot moves by the super corporations.

    Tell we, nuh.

    But Government took extremely big losses in sugar over decades to earn foreign exchange for the benefit of the entire society and fuel development in Tourism, the Offshore sector and other important sectors. Is this ploy by Sagicor a variant of that Government policy designed to ultimately benefit Sagicor’s balance sheets or is it a nationalistic (Huh, I can’t be serious) modernization of the old Government policy.

  29. Oatmeal porridge and slices of mango for breakfast. It should have been homegrown cornmeal porridge, but the monkeys have stopped me from growing corn. A relative bought me a $5 share of pudding and souse and breadfruit, and a mango juice for lunch. Yummy!!! Dinner is chicken stuffed with Eclipse biscuits and my own home grown herbs, green pigeon peas [from a sibling] and rice, and the last of the kale and pumpkin as a side dish.

  30. Simple, yuh meking muh hungry. I had fresh tuna with peri-peri sauce and biscuits, a julie mango and a pint of tea for breakfast. For lunch, a roll with cream cheese, lox and the fixings with perrier water. For dinner, I will have some spareribs with 6 grain rice and steamed rapini and callaloo. it is good to see you are still eating three meals a day. Most Bajans can only afford one good meal in the middle of the day.

  31. I know nothing of the big foot moves by the super corporations.

    Tell we, nuh.


    Lesson 1

    Increasing labour costs since WWII tended to price Barbados out of the world sugar market.

    That occurred during the rise of the Union post WWII at a time when the world could not get enough sugar and prices were high.

    Sugar could afford it.

    But sugar took its major hit in the early 1980’s because of a devaluation, not of the Barbados dollar but of the EU!!

    The Barbados $ was tied to the US $ and the EU was devalued by almost a half against the US $.

    Overnight sugar revenues for Barbados in Barbados $ and US $ were almost halved.

    Even if sugar was breaking even back then, a loss in revenue of that order of magnitude was fatal.

    The sensible thing to have done back then was to stop growing sugar.

    Indeed, some owners chose to shut down and get out of sugar rather than go into debt so foreign exchange could be earned.

    The Government stepped in with the 1982 BNB Act which lent indebted plantations money to make up their shortfall in revenue.

    Why, because Barbados needed the forex.

    Perhaps over 90% of the foreign exchange earned by sugar stays in Barbados whereas Tourism, with its high imported content meant that very little of the foreign tourist $ stays in Barbados.

    So sugar was vital, its earnings may have been smaller wrt Tourism but the forex was vital.

    Sugar support prices were agreed with the UK which cushioned the blow of the devaluation.

    The result was that the plantations sunk into debt to the BNB …. if you get here you can figure out what happened next and I won’t need to do Lesson 2!!

  32. If you read the article you will see the following.

    “The Barbados sugar industry started the decade of the 1980’s with more than $100 minion in assets and less than $750,000 in outstanding debts. It controlled 35,000 of the island’s total area of 106,000 acres, employed 6,000 people, and generated $35 million a year in foreign exchange. Yet by 1986 the industry was bankrupt, and in 1992 a management takeover by the British company Booker Tate was accepted by the board of directors of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL).”

    You will also see

    “Therefore. the Sugar Industry (Support Price) Act of 1982 specified an ingenious scheme whereby loans extended to sugar growers could be converted into outright grants if the planters agreed to maintain or increase production.
    During periods of low prices, this had the apparently perverse effect of encouraging farmers to keep production high. The premise of the plan, however, was that the low prices; caused mainly by currency fluctuations, were not in themselves a reason to cut production; the reflected exchange-rate instability rather than the lack of viability of the sugar industry itself. The plan also reflected a global concern with maintaining the factory infrastructure during the period of relative currency devaluation until prices returned to their historic levels. The plan was engineered by the Barbados Ministry of Finance, acting on the advice of a sugar advisor under government contract. Although the plan was accepted by the industry, many
    growers failed to appreciate the needs of the factory sector when planning production.”

  33. Are we not discussing the importance of agriculture and food security? Sugar was king when there was preferential treatment read the Lome Agreement. The world has moved on!

  34. @de pedantic Dribbler June 30, 2018 6:49 AM “why the need for a new investigatory body anyhow?”

    If all you know is hammer, then all problems are nails. If you are a lawyer, then you think that all problems can be solved by new laws. So yes sireee!! We will end up with a new body, just as ineffective as the old bodies, simply because these new bodies are conceived of and run by lawyers just like the old bodies.

    And in a few years someone will ask “Wha’ happen?”

    Integrity has to be taught principally by parents, but also by teachers ideally before the age of 4, and continuing through elementary school.

    All laws can do is punish after the fact. After the t’ieving dun happen a’ready.

    Neither old laws nor new can assure integrity in those who have not been taught integrity in infancy and early childhood.

  35. Sugar and food crops are merely parts of agriculture.

    Most of the food grown in Barbados is grown in conjunction with cane.

    Go look at the lands of Barbados Farms.

    • You understand that food security and agriculture is more than planting sugar and other crops in dirt?

  36. JOHN

  37. David
    June 30, 2018 5:04 PM

    You understand that food security and agriculture is more than planting sugar and other crops in dirt?



  38. … and that’s why I drew the distinction SS cottoned on to when I earlier said you need to understand how to get the land to work for you …. even though as SS pointed out you have to work the land!!

    It may seem a contradiction in terms but get that understanding and Bob’s your uncle and your work is a pleasure.

    You’ll get all the food you need with surplus.

  39. I know nothing of the big foot moves by the super corporations.
    Tell we, nuh.

    Why is it that two large corporations bought so much land … Sagicor bought Barbados Farms and CLICO bought up St. John!!

    Because with sugar in terminal decline the land in many people’s eyes became a commodity, valuable beyond imagination for housing and development.

    It was kind of like a land grab.

    Why would Sagicor continue to operate the land in sugar at a loss when most plantations are out of it?

    Because I think they want permissions to develop!!

    The profits they will make are way in excess of any losses in Sugar.

    If you remember, CLICO kept the lands in St. John in good husbandry until it collapsed.

    I think both “super corporations” were prepared to experience the pain for the gain.

    But, I suspect the expectations will be dampened by H2O …. no water, restricted development.

    We will see what happens as time goes by.

  40. John, re. your June 30th 10:54 pm post;

    But that was obvious. That was something most plantations have been doing themselves for decades. That is no new bigfoot strategy!

    Yuh fool muh. I was looking for you proposing some real bigbrain and bigfoot moves.


    But asymetric regulatory controls could also stymie dem. Mia could put new (or old) Leadership in place at the Town and Country planning department in duh tail (where is mark cummins). She could quickly get new Land Development orders in place; Zonal developmental controls, Food Security Orders that would restrict movement of large blocks of land out of Agriculture could also work but Piece might veto dat. In fact, the Government already has a methodology that can be used to frustrate the CLICO’s and Sagicor’s and their ilk, through the provisions and well used procedures vested in the change of (Land) Use suite of administrative actions that has been in the control of the PM for decades. Water availability is just one arrow in a PM’s quiver that could negate such an obvious policy.

  41. John,
    Insurance companies in Barbados could afford in such illiquid assets because of poor regulation. Nothing has changed.

  42. Hal re. your 8:39 post above.

    Not only insurance agencies but even retired journalists with an excess of liquid assets, like you or HarHoyte (just taking two names out of a hat), could probably invest in such illiquid assets at some levels that, even though not comparable with the potential of such entities as Insurance companies or even some individuals such as some Medical doctors or the numerous lawyers with 6 figure briefs or the estates of some like DT, could make such investments, awaiting the time when they must become liquid, with a vengeance.

    Would you also invoke poor regulatin in such cases? Is it only poor regulation that might be at fault? Is that the sole defining characteristic of insurance companies in Barbados?

  43. The sugar crisis did not start in the 1980s. There was an article published in the Nation in 1971 which warned the Barrow Government that the Sugar Industry Act approved by parliament in that same year (1971) would destroy the “goose that had laid the golden egg” it did just that! Subsequently a report by international consultants (Landel Mills) in 1979 set out quite clearly how the 1971 Sugar Industry Act had totally undermined the Sugar Industry in Barbados.

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