COVID 19 Food Disbursement System Required

Submitted by Dr. Margaret Brito

The Government of Barbados should immediately create an emergency food disbursement system that would deliver free food directly to people’s houses free of cost and would continue for the duration of the lockdown.

The government needs to utilize every resource at its disposal to ensure that citizens can successfully live through this lockdown, this period of uncertainty. The uncertainty comes from officials here in Barbados not knowing how to manage this pandemic, and as the number of infections rise, not being able to get a grip on what the problem really is. However, they could have taken a leaf out of the books of African nations such as Senegal and Liberia, who from as early as February began testing for the corona virus and training medical personnel in hospitals to recognize and treat its symptoms, and nations such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, Somalia and Ghana, who from early March placed travel restrictions on Americans, Europeans and Chinese, because those governments quickly perceived that people of these nationalities travelling to African countries spread the disease. Our cousins on the continent are way ahead of us because they’ve suffered through epidemics like AIDS and Ebola, the experience of which spurred them to develop clear and viable responses to emergencies of this kind. Consequently, African nations report the least number of COVID-19 infections as a result of practical and swiftly implemented measures.

In Barbados, the pandemic has created intense fear among the population, which is articulated in a new “stay at home” orthodoxy. But staying at home, though a guaranteed way to slow down or even halt infections, is not a burden the people can afford to carry alone. The lockdown needs to be accompanied by solid governmental support, and once again, we can look to Africa for a practical approach. According to a report out of Malawi, the President of Kenya, Paul Kagame, is providing the people there with free food and electricity because “we cannot lock people in their homes and rooms in hunger,” a sentiment which goes to the root of the issue. People need to be able to easily stay in their homes, and must have the resources to remain at home. They should not have to venture outside for anything. If they cannot go out to procure what they need, then what they need must be brought to them.

I do not know how many people are receiving salaries from their workplaces or organizations during this time, or how may have been thrown under the bus. I do know several self-employed people who are struggling, as well as people who have very little funds or are completely broke. But regardless of whether they have savings or not, all citizens are entitled to governmental assistance during this emergency, a fact which several nations around the world have quickly recognized. Governmental assistance is essential, and must address the severest needs of the people, one of which is food.

The government should immediately create an emergency food disbursement system that would deliver food directly to people’s houses free of cost and would continue for the duration of the lockdown. Chief among the food items should be non-perishable items such as rice, dried peas and beans, sugar, flour, grains such as oats and other cereals, and pasta products; perishables such as milk, butter, eggs and bread; and other items such as tinned items, hygiene products such as medicated soap, toothpaste and cleaning products, in particular, bleach and vinegar. Other essential items are medications, food for pets and natural gas bottles. More categories can be added. Let each household choose about six categories of items, and let them have these items delivered to them in bales or cases, that is, in bulk, enough to last a family of five for about a month. I have bought rice by the half-bale and also large supplies of soap and toothpaste. That half-bale of rice lasted me several months because I’m a single person, and don’t eat very large portions now. I’m thinking a family with a man and woman with growing children and teenagers could live off the above for about two months.

Buy potatoes, green vegetables, fruit and herbs from the small farmers, the heroes of the future. Pay them well. Have a separate, more rapid delivery service for these perishables so people can have the required amount of green alkaline foods and vitamins to boost their immune systems.

Create a pool of delivery cars, vans, bikes or whatever, with delivery personnel in good health wearing masks and gloves and instructed in the best practices for handing objects to people. Draw this pool of delivery personnel from among small entrepreneurs and independent contractors, most of whom work hard and give pretty good services. Pay them well. Don’t let big businesses such as the large import companies and large freighting companies monopolize the process. This is no time for the rich to be profiteering off the poor.

Citizens should find it easy to access foodstuffs and meds, and should not have to jump through any hoops. All someone should have to do is say they have a need for food, provide their name and address, and they should be able to get what they need the same day or the following day at the most, especially if the items are medications being delivered from pharmacies. If this is organized properly, it could work efficiently. Also, people who are not citizens should have the same access to these services as anyone else. This is not the time for the government’s immigration policies to kick in.

Don’t place this food disbursement service under the control of inefficient entities like the Welfare Department, which has a deeply ingrained contempt for the poor and a civil service attitude that makes them one of the sloppiest of the government agencies. Create a new organism, allow it to be flexible, allow it to listen to and act upon the needs of the people.

The government should call upon the billionaires in the private sector to subsidize this process, because these billionaires did not become rich through any special entrepreneurial talent or skill of theirs, but because hard-working people, most of whom live from pay check to pay check take up their hard-earned money and give them in exchange for clothes, food, cars, hardware, financial services, marketing services, technology, everything you can imagine, and it’s time the billionaires gave back. They should take a leaf out of the book of Rihanna, the littlest billionaire of them all, who pulled her pocket during this crisis to give back to the people who made her the superstar she is. It’s called reciprocity. It’s one of the seven principles of Ma’at, an African spiritual and philosophical system that governed social order, political order and cosmic order in Kemit for millennia.

For the duration of the lockdown, citizens should be released from making rent and bill payments, mortgage and loan payments, and should not have to pay accumulated arrears.

The government should also take a leaf out of the books of countries like Canada and Australia, who have created stimulus packages for disbursement of cheques to people who need money.

The processes above should be made a reality from now, so that citizens can face this crisis with the assurance there are safety nets for them should their situations become more difficult.

It is not clear how long the lockdown would last. This lockdown might not be the last crisis we will experience this year. It could even be, as some suggest, the ushering in of a new socio-political order. The government should begin as of now to upgrade people’s ability to live in a paradigm in which human contact becomes unnecessary and even irrelevant.

Make sure people have the capacity to carry out every kind of transaction online. We should have the capacity to make any payment and receive any payment using computers and devices, easily and inexpensively. We should be empowered to carry on any type of business from home. We should also begin to reflect upon what communities would be like following the fear-induced social distancing, which is currently accompanied by frustration and uncertainty.

The corona virus is not just about a virus. The virus is only one element of a multi-dimensional global event in which greed in its most crass form is threatening to precipitate the implosion of a paradigm that has never served us well, and is best destroyed, even as its destruction appears to be driving people out of their minds. Barbadians, perhaps out of the fear of experiencing that which is even more fearful than what they’re now experiencing, have chosen to ignore the many events going on at this time, of which the virus is only one. Yes, seeing several monsters at once can scare the crap out of some people, but choosing to focus exclusively on only one of them prevents you from understanding the true nature of this 2020 spectre, and of developing appropriate mental attitudes and correct personal and collective responses toward it.

I like the attitude of the Maasai. I especially love this part of their bold statement, an articulation of their fearlessness in the presence of this monster, recognizing it to be but an old monster with a new face:

“The Maasai believe that the new CORONA virus christened COVID-19 is not as deadly as the Smallpox (ENTIDIYAI) virus that was released unto them in the 1880s by the British colonialists with the intention to annihilate them to pave way for them to occupy their land. The Maasai then, successfully used herbs to defeat the highly contagious smallpox virus and they can still use herbal medicine to conquer COVID-19. NO NEED TO WORRY.”

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  • “The uncertainty comes from officials here in Barbados not knowing how to manage this pandemic …”
    That is a lie. Freedom of speech finds its limits in treason and subversion.

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  • RE…”Consequently, African nations report the least number of COVID-19 infections as a result of practical and swiftly implemented measures.”

    The video shows a presentation by Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D, who claims that, because Africa was not as affected by the coronavirus outbreak at first, there was reason to believe 5G could be the cause of the virus. His argument was, “Africa is not a 5G region.”

    5G is a new internet technology launched by mobile companies in 2020. It operates on the same concept as a 4G smartphone but is expected to be faster and more reliable when it comes to internet speeds.

    Some people agreed with Cowan’s point in the comments section of the video featuring his presentation. “As they put 60+ more satellites in our sky 4 MONTHS ago, and before CORVID19…. This guy is SPOT ON,” wrote user C K.

    Even musician Keri Hilton joined in the conversation. “People have been trying to warn us about 5G for YEARS,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet captured by HuffPost. “Petitions, organizations, studies…what we’re going thru is the affects [sic] of radiation. 5G launched in CHINA. Nov 1, 2019. People dropped dead.

    “It’s an even bigger horror than this virus. I am seeing photos out of the UK where 5G poles have gone up and dogs are dead in the streets as well as burnt trees. I didn’t think that UK would go ahead with this killing field!!!!”

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  • People should listen carefully to Mia Mottley instead of believing the diabolical DLP party propaganda.

    Remember, the DLP ministers have allowed the uncontrolled entry of the Chinese, opening the gates of plague hell wide. They concluded the treaty despite their experience with the SARS scourge, thereby tolerating the death of thousands of Barbadians. What a diabolical pact!

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  • I do not know how many people are receiving salaries from their workplaces or organizations during this time, or how may have been thrown under the bus. I do know several self-employed people who are struggling, as well as people who have very little funds or are completely broke. But regardless of whether they have savings or not, all citizens are entitled to governmental assistance during this emergency, a fact which several nations around the world have quickly recognized. Governmental assistance is essential, and must address the severest needs of the people, one of which is food.

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    ECOMMERCE VIA THE SUPERMARKETS IS NOT GOING TO BENEFIT THOSE WITHOUT CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS OR CASH AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERIES TO COVER THOSE WITHOUT FOOD OVER A 2 WEEK PERIOD OR LONGER.

    GOVERNMENT SHOULD STEP FORWARD TO PROVIDE FREE FOOD AS THIS ARTICLE SUGGEST.

    THIS WOULD PROVE IF MIA CARES OR JUST RHETORIC TALK.

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    Access to supermarkets and grocers during the curfew can be much more orderly if customers were allocated “shopping slots” based on te initial letter of the surnames shown on their ID cards – as is done in Venezuela, a country with long experience in rationing food.: Surnames commencing with letters A through C would, for instance have Monday mornings from 7a.m. to 11 a.m.; surnames beginning with letters D to F inclusive would have the four hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to shop; and, surnames G,H,I, would get the run of the shop from 3 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. . . . .then next day, Tuesday would allocate shopping hours to other surnames commencing with the next three letters in the alphabet and so on also for Wednesday. Assuming a six-day week, the arrangement will offer the A, B, and Cs a second slot on Thursday (if they need it) , the second cycle ending Saturday evening This will avoid much of the insecurity and consequent bunching.

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  • It is the Government who has asked us to lock down and not work … it is the Government who should foot the bill.

    That will force an end to this mess.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/9-states-have-yet-to-issue-formal-stay-at-home-orders-amid-coronavirus/ar-BB128ZVC?ocid=spartandhp

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  • @John

    Go you have any comment on the substance of the article?

    Every blog you pasting information from the US? How original is that? You live in Barbados, use your intellect to suggest how we can do better in Barbados.

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  • The situation is dire govt need to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth
    Why would govt make a crucial decision to closed supermarkets for 24hrs in a 2 week period
    The obvious from my observation is that govt knows that the food supply is dangerously low and people continual day to day stockpiling would drain the food supply at a faster rate and suoermarket shelves would become empty
    If that is the case rather than closing the super market govt should have made the hours shorter and asked management of the supermarket to devise a plan of how many items people can allowed to buy
    The idea of a one day shopping spree implemented by govt to slow down the flow of fast moving product from supermarket shelves was to say the least a night mare and a plan which if designed to bring about the effect of social distancing and stop the spread of the virus failed miserably

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  • There you go again with your ignorant unsubstantiated comments. Supermarket owners and the government have continuously assured Barbadians there is enough food on island and cargo ships are berthing at the port as usual. Maybe you should focus on what is happening in your neck of the woods. Ina pandemic you should try to offer constructive criticism.

    Do you have a comment that Barbadians have searched for spare lpg gas bottles to create a shortage? Who to blame but we ourselves. We have to be more responsible.

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  • “Consequently, African nations report the least number of COVID-19 infections as a result of practical and swiftly implemented measures.

    According to a report out of Malawi, the President of Rwanda , Paul Kagame, is providing the people there with free food and electricity because “we cannot lock people in their homes and rooms in hunger,” a sentiment which goes to the root of the issue.

    For the duration of the lockdown, citizens should be released from making rent and bill payments, mortgage and loan payments, and should not have to pay accumulated arrears. ”

    None of this ever entered their petty little one tracked minds in Barbados, am sure they are busy making those same life saving arrangements for only one small minority group though…as is their house negro pattern.

    African leaders showed TRUE VISION to safeguard the lives and health of their people and the young and elderly, those who are truly helpless, so many African leaders are showing TRUE LEADERSHIP, to make sure their people don’t starve in this harsh pandemic, time for Barbados’ leaders to stop playing games with the lives of the majority population because that is really the bottomline, even through all of this they still show disdain and lack of care for the majority who elected them, don’t mind the last minute empty words, they got caught trying to misuse the people to cover up their massive cockup.

    “The government should also take a leaf out of the books of countries like Canada and Australia, who have created stimulus packages for disbursement of cheques to people who need money.

    The processes above should be made a reality from now, so that citizens can face this crisis with the assurance there are safety nets for them should their situations become more difficult..”

    It’s not like if there are no positive examples to follow, but true to form, useless shite leaders are still following the pattern of copying all the negatives to practice on their people.

    SAY IT AGAIN SISTER…LOUDER, LOUDER…the minority parasites believe they only exist to SUCK ON THE LIVES OF THE MAJORITY….with the help of the bandits in parliament.

    “The government should call upon the billionaires in the private sector to subsidize this process, because these billionaires did not become rich through any special entrepreneurial talent or skill of theirs, but because hard-working people, most of whom live from pay check to pay check take up their hard-earned money and give them in exchange for clothes, food, cars, hardware, financial services, marketing services, technology, everything you can imagine, and it’s time the billionaires gave back.”

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  • Across the world govts are fighting two ends the virus and a product supplies because of the virus impact on production and China being the major supply chain
    Unfortunately small islands do not have anything of great important which they have produce in times of crisis that can stabilize and sustain the needs of the people
    Corona has brought that reality home now govt find themselves struggling and devising illogical plans to weather a storm which can destroy livelihoods and an economy for years to come
    Govt has been caught in the eye of a huge Corona hurricane one that bears down and beats down relentlessly on bigger and stronger economies than barbados
    So what must the govt do
    How will the govt find answers which will sustain our major food supply and medical supply
    The answer still lies in closing the borders and letting no one else in
    What barbados needs now is less mouths to feed and to increase the burden on the health care system

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  • Working overtime to coverup the cockup. Well listen to this, going forward the new changes should include that:

    the social partners…ARE THE PEOPLE whose tax money fund the island….no one else, especially NOT the known parasites..

    the business interests…ARE THE PEOPLE…whose tax money fund the island…no one else, especially NOT the known parasites….new world order for Barbados…this is the RESET..

    the racist, apartheid system they lovingly cultivated and allowed to grow to destructive levels by both governments will be DISMANTLED….one way or the next…

    “Shopping alternatives are being considered and could change the approach to grocery shopping when supermarkets reopen.(Stock Photo)

    Government is open to considering shopping alternatives that could result in a more systematic approach to grocery shopping when supermarkets reopen.

    During today’s edition of Down to Brass Tacks Call-in programme on Voice of Barbados, callers suggested staggered shopping days in alphabetical order or by one’s national identification card as a possible solution to long lines of shoppers at some supermarkets across the island.

    In light of the callers’ concerns, Czar of COVID-19, Richard Carter, along with Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and Attorney General, Dale Marshall, joined the discussion and fielded questions from the public.

    Mr. Carter noted that Government had listened to the recommendations from the moderator, David Ellis, and those measures are “already under discussion as to which one would be the most appropriate in our context”.

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  • @Dr. Brito

    The large developed countries of the world can print money. If we do the same what will be the implications? Will it be a case of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?

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  • We Should All Be Economists: Some Simple Economics of Shopping

    Here are some simple policy economics of shopping. We’re facing a public health crisis and the aim is to get people to stop gathering in small spaces. Supermarkets are a major bottlenecks for crowds.

    So our first instinct might be to limit the number of people in the supermarket. Does that work?

    Let’s guess that one person shops for two people, and they go to the supermarket every week. This gives around 150,000 shoppers on average per week.

    https://simonnaitram.com/weshouldallbeeconomists/2020/04/03/some-simple-economics-of-shopping/

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  • David 2020 5:21 AM

    There you go again with your ignorant unsubstantiated comments. Supermarket owners and the government have continuously assured Barbadians there is enough food on island and cargo ships are berthing at the port as usual. Maybe you should focus on what is happening in your neck of the woods. Ina pandemic you should try to offer constructive criticism.

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    David stop being defensive and allow people to share their opinions
    I have said several times the base of my comments are formed on observation
    1. The major supply chains are broken that is a fact
    2. Many countries are experiencing necessary essential shortages that is a fact
    3. Medical supplies are on a all time low that is a fact
    Unemployment is at an all time high that is a fact coupled by a slowing of productivity world wide
    Now when all these major factors which drive world economies are placed together what would u expect to be the end result
    My observation says world supply shortages across the board of which barbados would not be exempt
    Hence govt especially small islands would have to monitor and take into account all the factors mention and come up with a quick and sustainable plan to stop the flow of major supply from coming to a screeching halt
    Unfortunately govt laid out a plan without being completely truthful and it brought out a result of unbearable worries on the minds of the people
    A measure of failures which the govt would have to go back to the drawing board and revised in a hurry
    David relax govt must listen to every thing that is being said
    Right now govt has brought the country and people at a cross road (of being) at any port for a storm

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  • Think David think closing large supermarkets at this time would seem unthinkable
    Therfore govt would have to see a major crisis of shortages on the horizon which would impact the food supply
    Therefore the only quickest way or plan would be to give a two week pause on the food supply chain let major supermarket do a find on inventory giving govt enough time and space and breathing room to reach out to other markets in this crucial and critical time for help
    David this is not a place and time any govt would wish to be
    But govt must take every thing into account with a realisation that drastic times can mean drastic measures which can hurt people and country
    Just my observation
    Oh btw i went to stan pipe school never read a book

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  • Let’s face it govt panic on having to face the crisis on two fronts created a panic in the people and a reality which govt was unprepared
    The best way forward was to prepare the people in the address Santia made with truthful facts
    Expecting people to be civil on the last minute when their very survival was dependable on basic necessities lack careful thinking by govt
    Instead of relying on social distancing to send a point home govt could have combined the two factors of shortages and the virus principled and well founded on safe and secure measures
    Hence a call for immediate closure of supermarkets would have been unnecessary but putting in place measures which would have include social distancing while people are shopping and slowing down the food supplies
    Opening supermarkets at later and closing at shorter hours
    Also days to be opened can be shortened to two or three which can still help to keep unemployment in that sector low and employees having a parttime job
    Allowing small number of people at a time in the store
    Product buying limits
    Shutdown of non essential items as was being done would not change
    If govt had devised such a plan or as near a plan as i outlined the result would be clam and people having an understanding of why and what govt was doing.
    At this time transparency is the strongest card upon which govt has to bring the country through these perilous and unpredictable times

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  • So mari

    when you swithch for being happy the big super market will be closed and only the village shop will be opened?

    “The big boy will be forced to sell their over supply to the small man and this may be their chance to move up”
    that what you said or something very close/to the effect.

    that was two day ago. now today there is a shortage ?
    you cant mek up ur mind?
    or you does just pick what is convenient for your agenda?

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  • John2
    Fool i never said anything about closing the village shop
    As a matter of point the village shop would still be open when the big markets are closed as an access for people who did not have time or money to avail themselves to govt required shopping periods
    In any case govt plan yesterday was horrendous and did not make sense because of the lack of full transparency
    Go figure !
    instead of trying to play down my comments which are based on observation

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  • PEA BRAIN CAN YOU READ?

    So mari
    when you swithch for being happy the big super market will be closed and only the village shop will be opened?

    THIS is the old switch
    pretend you don’t understand what I said or accuse me of saying something I didn’t?

    The point I am making is that two day ago you were saying that the merchants had an over supply
    today you are saying there is a shortage

    which one is it?

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  • The large developed countries of the world can print money. If we do the same what will be the implications? Will it be a case of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?(Quote)

    Plse educate us, Tell us what would happen if the Barbados central bank printed money. Tell us what would be the implications. Explain what is jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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    Mariposa
    April 2, 2020 8:25 PM

    Did i not say that if the Corona stays around much longer and curfews last longer big business would be forced to supply small business with stock rather than see them spoil on their selves
    Who ever thought that in 2020 gas would be below 200 dollars a gallon and more than 1.million people would be jobless
    With this virus nothing should be left to chance and nothing is off the table

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  • Pea brain

    Two day ago you were boasting that you predicted and over supply for big business

    Now today you are harping that there is a shortage in the supermarkets?

    which one is it?

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  • The toxic brew of misinformation, fear, panic, hoarding and scant regard for soctal distancing is informing the government’s actions in a very fluid situation. There has been a declaration of a public health emergency. Government should bite the bullet and deploy the advanced youth corps, a uniformed entity, to deliver food to families. Assign a corpsman or woman to a specific limited geographical area and a specific delivery vehicle, which can include the now idle taximen. Schedule through the supermarkets, but subject to caps to prevent hoarding, orders by telephone, whatsapp, fax whatever. The standard default supply would be delivered in the absence of a detailed order. The objective is to keep the thousands of people who are standing in these extremely long lines, at home. The Czar, supermarkets and the corps can work on the scheduling, with the only requirement be to keep it simple and straightforward. The only thing that matters is the avoidance of panic, which is caused by misinformation and fear. Government would also be in a better position to ensure every family is provided for and better able to combat fear.

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  • john2April 4, 2020 9:03 AM

    Two day ago you were boasting that you predicted and over supply for big business

    Now today you are harping that there is a shortage in the supermarkets?

    which one is it?

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    Jac.a.ss don’t let your sense of the lack of understanding misinterpret my comments
    I based my premise on govt unexplainable measures which only pointed to social distancing and the control of the virus
    Hence my comments relied on an end result of supermarkets not selling product for two weeks and therefore would find it necessary to rid itself of inventory by selling to small village shops

    In my recent comments i explained a theory as to why govt used fast and quickened measures
    Both explanations by way of observation are meant to shed light or bring some form of understanding on govt measures
    Since i cannot avail myself to govt information i can only used a sense of observation done so by how messages and measures are designed by govt and handed to the people
    Because of govt lack of transparency people have a right( to)and can only interpret govt measures in ways they can understand to bring a sense of logic
    The bottom line being that govt must be truthful in providing clear and defining facts by all means necessary

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  • Looking ahead we can see that food security needs to be a priority particularly for place like Barbados that will suffer badly if supply chain disruptions worsen as the Coranvirus crisis matures. Even countries that normally produce large surpluses for export may not be able to produce and export as before. Canadian farmers for example are having trouble sourcing the seasonal migrant labourers that are hired each year to prepare ground, trim fruit trees & plant and harvest crops. Foreign exchange needed to purchase imports including food will be scarcer until the tourists return in numbers

    Government and private producers should work together to bring all available agricultural land into production especially land that has gone fallow and overrun with weeds and bush over the years as soon as possible. Make up and implement a plan to plant as much nutrient and calorie rich crops such as yams, sweet potatoes, cassava etc. as possible starting right now, not 3 months from now when our stockpiles have run low and it may be difficult to source all the food we need from outside.

    The collapse (hopefully temporary) of tourist based businesses, and school closures means there are lots of people out of work .
    Some of these people will be willing and able provided they are given the right incentives and due respect to provide the labour to augment our present agricultural work force & head off the food shortage catastrophe that may hit not to far down the road.

    Also those fortunate enough to have a little land around them should think about digging up part of their lawns to plant a garden. Have pole beans and passion fruit running along your fence Gardening can be fun, some of us have been doing this for years as a hobby. Sometimes It can also be frustrating. I am surrounded in three directions by abundant corn fields & tried many times to grow sweet corn in a small plot without much success why it won’t do well in the garden but flourishes across the road I can’t figure out . One year a farmer gave me the same seeds he was planting his field still my plot had a very disapointing yield, but Potatoes carrots and beans have always done well.

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  • Eric

    The problem with planting those crops you mentioned in bulk is you need water and the country in drought right now.

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  • pea brain

    name some stocks from the supermarket that will spoil in two week beside vegetables and maybe bread (which can be sourced locally outside of the supermarkets)

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  • John 2,

    There were a few showers week before last up my side and I am still using the rainwater i caught. I was amazed at how much water I got from a few short sharp showers.

    Cassava is drought resistant. When I get the hang of gardening i plan to plant some.

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  • eric

    if the corn growing good and healthy but yield poor you maybe having a pollination problem.

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  • Are bees and butterflies in short supply? Not in my space.

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  • John2
    name some stocks from the supermarket that will spoil in two week beside vegetables and maybe bread (which can be sourced locally outside of the supermarkets)

    Obviously u do not cook or grocery shop

    Goggle if u need to know

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  • good cop out!

    this is more than two weeks you did stock up …. what u have that spoil?

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  • donna how much water you got?
    and how did you collect it?

    don’t forget to cover from the mariposa 🙂

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  • THIS CORONAVIRUS WILL BE WITH US FOR A LONG TIME MUCH MORE THAN 2 WEEKS.

    CLOSING THE SUPERMARKETS MAKES NO SENSE UNLESS FEAR OF RUNNING OUT.

    THE 24HOUR CURFEW IF IT ENDS IN 2 WEEKS WILL STILL HAVE THE VIRUS IN BARBADOS AS EVERYONE DOESN’T GET SICK AT THE SAME TIME OR INCUBATE OVER THE SAME NUMBER OF DAYS.

    PEOPLE WILL MINGLE EVEN MORE WHEN THE CURFEW IS OVER.

    THIS IS WHY LAWYERS SHOULD NEVER BE IN CHARGE TO MAKE KEY DECISIONS, AS THEY ONLY KNOW HOW TO TRICK AND RIPOFF AND NOT MANAGE ANYTHING EFFECTIVELY.

    WE SEEM TO BE BOOK SMART BUT NOT COMMON SENSE SMART.

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  • so don’t you think the curfew cant be extended?

    Didn’t you hear or read that the supermarkets are going into a order and pick up or delivery services?

    Didn’t you read of other proposal where they can implement staggered shopping?

    the above ideas can be extended beyond two week if necessary

    The virus is changing how things are don’t in the world, not just in Barbados.

    the aim now I to reduce the level of infection on the islands before it overwhelms our medical systems.

    keep being blinded!

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @David If this disease persists long enough to cause a MAJOR disruption in the global food supply chain, leading to high pass-through price increases (inflation), then we would have no other choice but to go back to the land. It might even get worse where the government have to come in and nationalise the food supply. Our risk mitigation strategy right now, should be to model and plan for a worst case scenario .

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  • “PEOPLE WILL MINGLE EVEN MORE WHEN THE CURFEW IS OVER.”

    Spain has already extended their curfew twice, but their outbreak is devastating with the death toll close to or over 10,000….

    Germany started off real, real slow but now seem to be catching up, the outbreak when it finally starts is awful.

    “THIS IS WHY LAWYERS SHOULD NEVER BE IN CHARGE TO MAKE KEY DECISIONS, AS THEY ONLY KNOW HOW TO TRICK AND RIPOFF AND NOT MANAGE ANYTHING EFFECTIVELY./”

    ain’t that a shame, see how they showed up themselves….it’s embarrassing..

    everyone should be planting for themselves, find a little space around where you live and plant your own food…..let the lazy and uppity do the same.

    … the lawn grass can now be turned into rows of food and vegetables…so can the golf courses, let the wealthy or the pretend wealthy learn to bend their lazy asses in the hot sun and grow their own food.

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  • @fortyacres

    You know what they say, never let a good crisis go to waste.

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  • This is called HOLDING THE PEOPLE HOSTAGE…government is not satisfied that the masses have been in bondage for decades and decades…but the deaths will be on them, these are essential services, only fools would shut them down during a pandemic…

    “I shudder to think of the health consequences to:

    The diabetic who cannot get their prescription refilled for their insulin
    The heart failure patient who has run out of medication
    The lupus patient whose kidneys are on the verge of going into end stage renal failure and they do not have the luxury of being without their medication for two weeks
    The childhood asthmatic whose parent was unable to collect the repeat on their prescription but was hoping to get to the pharmacy tomorrow
    The severe hypertensive who has had two strokes in the past who cannot afford to take the chance and go without his cocktail of medications for any period of time

    Massy needs to URGENTLY rethink this decision to close their pharmacies

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  • @Eric
    I have been gardening for over 25 years. I do very well with sweet corn. I also plant hard corn for roasting. Corn is pollinated by the wind. therefore, you have to plant three or four grains to a hole so they pollinate each other. Otherwise plant them very friendly like you do the Peruvian potatoes. Plant two kinds, early corn and late corn and you will have corn to eat all summer. If there are no raccoon where you are, you should be able to harvest all you plant. Otherwise, plant extra so you actually get some.

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  • what a load of crap..

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  • Massy needs to URGENTLY rethink this decision to close their pharmacies..(Quote)

    This is blackmail by these Trinidadians. Government should move to requisition the pharmacy. The health of the nation comes before foreign carpetbaggers.

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  • Just maybe Massy along with govt made that decision
    Closure could mean low stock
    Now barbadians are on the edge of becoming like Venezuela
    In the early months of this crisis we had a PM making asinine decisions
    Pouring millions of dollars blowing up buildings to build parks
    Very little interest was given to rebuild a functioning health care system
    The better interest was placed on seizing people properties where the mass were energized politically to take sides
    What if the masses had used that same energy demanding govt to rebuild a functioning health care system
    Yes barbadians caught up in the madness of panic buying can also be blame for not holding govt feet to the fire
    But instead earnestly and easily persuaded to drink koolaid

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  • A few nights ago a jamaican who had entered the country around early march was held up as an example for breaking the curfew
    Which now makes for wonder
    How is it that after curfew hours there are still bajans taking to street and none are being arrested and held up for public scrutiny
    I understand that curfew law gives govt unlimited powers to act in ways against the civil rights of people in unquestionable manner
    Which begs the question was the Jamaican lady who was arrested given due process under the law
    Was she read the Miranda Rights
    Was she told she has a civil right to counsel
    Or was she thrown before the court without proper representation
    I know that most with political or personnel axe to grind would give reponses that are steeped in their own feelings
    Those answers can remain where they ought to be laying low dug deep into a grave yard of ignorance

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  • “What if the masses had used that same energy demanding govt to rebuild a functioning health care system”

    the real load of crap is putting the tiefing, greedy minorities BEFORE YOUR PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE and everything else…to build a shite hotel which will now never see the light of day..

    Let’s hope this is only a stocktaking exercise and Massy pharmacy and the supermarkets will be reopened, until the people can start PLANTING THEIR OWN FOOD and rely less on supermarkets to feed them as has been going on for far too long because of greedy governments with no vision..

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  • What if the virus is in the soil or particles of bacteria that formed the virus can be traced back to the soi
    Havent heard any scientific findings surrounding that theory or if soil was tested in China or any hot spots where the virus is fluid

    Observation

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  • you two praised the lord that you not infected yet?

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  • Covid-19 may well turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Barbados majority population. It has exposed the weakness of the ground that has underpinned the social, economic and political foundation of Barbados since its inception as a British colony. A wise leader cannot continue to prop up a system that is built on sand. A system that continues to deny true equality to its majority population.

    Covid-19 has decimated whatever aspirations the BLP and her minority backers may have had for Barbados future. The proposed hotel corridor is now just a pipe dream. Whilst the determination of a small number of people to expand the tourist industry at the expense of all other industries has been well and truly torpedoed.

    The tourist industry will have to be scaled back drastically as there will be a limited demand for our hotel sector for many years.

    I believe that many of us have overlooked the problems that the supermarkets may have. They are running out of stock and I would be very surprised if the country is still receiving imported food.

    I would urge Mia to make the most of this opportunity and to introduce measures that would bring prosperity and pride back to the island. How could this be achieved? We have to reintroduce agriculture back to Barbados. There will be little use for our grand hotels for a very long period. We have a high ratio of our citizens packed like sardines in the parish of St Michael. Whilst we have a small number of individuals and businesses that are in possession of large chunks of land which are idle: glorified gardens with enormous lawns, swimming pools and golf clubs.

    Allow those citizens who live in a home to have a six metre margin around their house to do as they wish. The remaining plots of land have to be used specifically for the production of agriculture and this would include the planting of trees. No ifs or buts. Sandy lane, Ape Hills, et al will all come under the same umbrella.

    A strategy will have to be drawn up to grow a diverse range of produce; as well as ensuring that an emphasis is placed on growing plants that are drought resistant. An example of this would be yams.

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  • @TLSN

    Great analysis. We have become victims of a crude and unsympathetic capitalism. In days gone by, in the UK and Barbados, we went to butchers, to buy meat, to bakeries to buy bread, to book shops to buy books, to hardware stores to buy etc. Old ladies used to bake ‘sweet bread’ and make a living from selling them; even people with refrigerators used to sell ice cream blocks to help pay their bills.
    Then then along came these supermarkets, in fact super shops, which we used to call cash and carries, (concocted in business schools) offering everything under one roof.
    In the process, we killed off the small shops, or at the very best, left them on a life support machine (for the record, it was not online shopping that did the damage), the hawkers. These supermarkets were given anchor by repressive health and safety laws, and food standards regulations, controlling the conditions under which a small black pudding and souse lady could make a few dollars on Saturdays or a hawker selling sugar cakes. Our cultural tastes changed.
    Now a health/medical crisis has exposed the weakness of this retail model, we are all trapped in a web policed by a small gang of owners and weak politicians.
    It comes back to a theme I have been making on BU for years: the Barrow experiment of so-called free secondary and university education has led to the betrayal of the nation by the huge number of beneficiaries of that taxpayers’ largesse.
    Good government is about freeing the people from such entrapment, liberating them so that they have the freedom to operate. Making Barbados the best it could be, and not the artificial image of some developed country.
    We had the skills, we had the knowledge, we had the community spirit, but all that was ruled backward, not modern, out-of-date; having a skill was ruled inferior to being a lawyer or book keeper. Crude individualism ruled the day.
    We are now paying a price.

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  • What if the virus is in the soil or particles of bacteria that formed the virus can be traced back to the soi
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    ????????

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  • @Mariposa

    It now appears as if security sources in the UK are now looking at the idea of the virus emerging out of a laboratory in Wuhan. So, there are doubts about the bat/food theory. This does not mean it is not a zoonotic virus.

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  • Neighbor from across the street called me this morning to tell me he had left a hand of bananas on the chair in my garage.

    There are still good neighbors.

    Most of us are still not ready nor willing to kill each other.

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  • @Hal Austin April 5, 2020 8:04 AM “Old ladies used to bake ‘sweet bread’ and make a living from selling them.”
    And not so old ladies.

    It must indeed be the last days, because here I am agreeing-in part-with Hal.

    My mother used to make and sell coconut bread at a certain cricket club every Saturday. I myself sold sweet bread to colleagues for a number of years. While I did not exactly make a living from it, I provided an excellent product for a fair price. Also often made some free for work celebrations. It did not mater much if I did not make a big profit from my sales because it was my sideline not my main source of income.

    I still enjoy making coconut bread and cassava pone, mostly now for family and for the church cake sales, and for Sunday School parties.

    I remember when I first moved to this community the village shop was a village shop. It is now a shiny SOL owned automart. And I wondered why SOL a company which sells cars and fuel, still needs to sell sugar and flour and bananas and newspapers, and ham cutters?

    Why?

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  • “It comes back to a theme I have been making on BU for years: the Barrow experiment of so-called free secondary and university education has led to the betrayal of the nation by the huge number of beneficiaries of that taxpayers’ largesse.”

    Your statement is so vague that I cannot be certain if you were for or against the “Barrow’s experiment”, However, at times I detect a slight lean towards the “against side” and so I will tailor my response in that direction. Because of the ambiguity of your statement, you can easily claim that I misinterpreted it or ‘put words in your mouth’.

    I shudder to think what Barbados would be like without Barrow’s experiment. Can you imagine the thousands of Barbadians without a secondary education whose only hopes are
    (1) migrate to countries north of Barbados and then hide in those countries ,
    (2) be a migrant worker who travel to pick fruits and cut canes.
    (3)be trapped on an island and forced to labor as cleaners, maids, gardeners, etc. Let me state that I am not looking down at these positions, but these should not be the only available jobs in a nation.

    The Barrow’s experiment gave some of us the velocity to escape a bleak and limited future. It is amazing that many of those who benefited in some way, now find this grand to be a failure.

    I thank God for Barrow’s experiment.

    It is not Barrow’s fault that he was succeeded by short-sighted political leaders.  What should have been the first step in several stages as an independent and developing nation became the final step.  If there is failure, it is not Barrow’s vision that failed us, but it is that his vision died with him. The baton was passed, but we were unable to finish the race.

    Are you for or against the “Barrow’s experiment”. Pick a side and get off the fence.

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  • Just like Walmart and Amazon virtually killed off mom and pop stores in the U.S.

    We seem to think that it wold be a wonderful world if one man owned everything and all of the rest of us were indentured servants for life.

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  • @Simple Simon

    Those gas stations with 24 hour convenience stores have done irreparable harm to the cottage industry we grew up. Unfortunately it is today’s lifestyle borrowed from North America and elsewhere that has been our undoing.

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  • I got a Whatsapp last night at 8:10 from a food distributor offering “free” delivery for orders over $100 and a $10 delivery charge for orders under $10. Orders can be sent in by phone or WhatsApp.

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  • THEO

    WELL SAID

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  • @ Theo

    I decline two of your offers. First, to re-debate the issue of how our educational system survived before Barrow’s experiment; and, two, to ‘get off the fence’. I have submitted numerous posts on this., even on this stream. Read them up. If you missed them. Sorry.

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  • In truth, we are aware of the many failing of our society.

    I see where men and women make many sensible suggestions that are never acted upon. ,

    We have been saddled with a leadership that follows some hidden agenda. Perhaps, at some time in the future we will find the “Wilie Lynch” document for free black developing nations.

    It puzzles me how educated black men and women can act agianst the self interest of their children and their heirs.

    It puzzles me how two groups can have “different political ideas” and on achieving power follow the same path.

    It puzzles me how the product of Barrow’s experiment can fall for the same bait and switch routine every five years.

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  • I have a couple of fruit trees, [avocado] pear and mango. They both produce very well. More than a decade ago I made a “policy” decision not to sell the fruit. So I eat some, family gets some, neighbors get some, colleagues/former colleagues get some, friends of friends and complete strangers get some.

    We may have forgotten what the old people taught us:

    IF YOU SELL ALL THAT YOU HAVE, YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY ALL THAT YOUR WANT.

    And “no” that is not taught at Harvard, or the London School of Economics nor at the Sorbonne. It is very likely the antithesis of what is taught in those places.

    Because it is just the “foolishness” of illiterate people.

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  • Hal along came super markets, we have always liked the idea of one stop shopping that’s why hookers hang around bars but keep in mind when health standards became a real thing it was only natural that the smaller stores etc would close because of insurance certain standards, costs like refridgeration Can you imagine if every mom and pop were selling antibiotics from their own recipe your case of syphilis may never go away. I think this was a knock of the old ways because of standardization not out of a hate of what we were.

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  • COVID-19 could kill 3,000 to 15,000 people in Ontario, provincial modelling shows

    Officials say province could be dealing with the effects of COVID-19 for up to 18 months to 2 years.

    WHAT ARE THE ” PROJECTIONS ‘ FOR BARBADOS ?

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  • When you go to grab a granny their will be less to grab

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  • @Hants

    According to the Czar and UWI model the projection is 200.

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  • @ Lawson

    Regulations and laws. Remember, it was the IRS who got Al Capone, not the Feds. We have a similar thing in the UK. For years Asian corner shops would open all hours and made a good living by over-charging people.
    But then competition among the leading supermarket threatened some of them (ie Safeways, etc) and they hit on the idea of local stores. Of course, shoppers preferred the recognised brands and abandoned the Asian shops.
    The lesson is, as long as consumers get what they want very few pay any attention to the providers.

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  • @ Blogmaster
    According to the Czar and UWI model the projection is 200.
    Where can this UWI model be found?

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  • Pick the trajectory your on pick a country on that same sort of trajectory compare your population to theres devide their death count and you should get an idea if America has 14 times the population of Barbados 14 goes into 140000 deaths….roughley1000 but I was never good in math.Lots of variables

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  • @john2 April 4, 2020 11:15 AM “Eric. The problem with planting those crops you mentioned in bulk is you need water and the country in drought right now.”

    Cassava can be planted right now, in spite of the drought. Cassava has been grown in Barbados by the indigenous people for thousands of years and is extremely well adapted. I’ve planted about 100 holes of cassava over the past 6 week and I have been getting 100% germination. I’ve mulched the young plants with “stake” manure from a nearby farmr who keeps a few cows. The “stake” manure is keeping the plants mulched and keeping the monkeys away. .It seems that monkeys hate the smell of sh!t as much as we do.

    My father ALWAYS planted his yams on May 1, whether or not it seemed as though there was a drought. He always said that “the Lord will send the rain” and indeed the Lord always sent the rain. The signs of germination sometimes did not appear for week, but the yams always germinated. So farmers should be preparing their fields for yams and sweet potatoes right now. The cassava should already have been planted. These are crops that can be grown without artificial irrigation. Farmers with artificial irrigation can be planting virtually everything now.

    I planted about 20 plantings of okras at home on 20 March. I am giving them 2 gallons of water in the morning and 2 at night, until the rain starts. Typically this amount will provide me with enough okra to cook cou-cou once a week for a year, and with some to give to the neighbors.

    I hope that we have all remembered how to cook cassava cou-cou? Exactly the same as corn meal cou-cou, but using dried cassava flour instead. I made a batch of cassava flour last week. Thanking my parents for teaching me how to make small batches without the use of fancy equipment. Nothing more that a knife, a bowl, a grater, a tray, and a piece of old clean cloth, and some sunshine which is abundant and free.

    Back in the day, before I was born Barbados used to have a cassava factory at Lancaster, where the school meals center and the homeless shelter are now located. Now we have a wheat flour mill, and yet wheat does not grow here.

    Why?

    Follow the money.

    Ask yourself

    Who benefits?

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  • @silly
    ” Nothing more that a knife, a bowl, a grater, a tray, and a piece of old clean cloth, and some sunshine which is abundant and free.”

    I forgot the clean piece of cloth. That means i forgot how after grating the cassava we would wrap it in the cloth and twist and squeeze to get rid of liqiuid . Your posts make me remember things I did not think of things I forgot. How do you tell the poison cassava tree from one that is not poison? I think there was poision cassava

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  • I will let robert who knows far more about the science of food than I do answer the question about the differences between the two cassavas.

    From memory the sweet cassava had red stems and the poison had pale green stems.

    I have been planting and replanting from old stock, all sweet cassava.

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  • My parents got together in 1935 and married in 1941, From what i was told, no photographs, no fancy reception, very few guests. Bad times for the world and bad times for Barbados, hard times for them. Maybe because of the hard times THEY HAD TO PULL TOGETHER. Their relationship lasted for 70+ years, and they raised all 9 of the children born to them to adulthood. The baby is 61.

    I am hoping that these very bad times will bring out the best, not the worse, in all of us.

    Each of us has to decide. Not just the governments. Not just the merchants, but each one of us.

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  • @Silly woman
    And I wondered why SOL a company which sells cars and fuel, still needs to sell sugar and flour and bananas and newspapers, and ham cutters?
    +++++++++++++++
    I remain surprised that among all the alternative outlets mentioned ,”fish market” “,village shops” etc. no one mentioned Gas stations, I heard from a friend that he knew of someone that decided to forgo the Populars etc. and completed their shopping at a Gas Station.

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  • @john2 April 4, 2020 11:23 AM “…bread (which can be sourced locally outside of the supermarkets)”

    Buy some yeast. If you have some flour, a little sugar, salt, and water, and some fuel, you can make bread at home.

    If you like bread add yeast to your next shopping list. Thousands of free bread recipes on the internet.

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  • @Donna April 4, 2020 11:44 AM “Are bees and butterflies in short supply? Not in my space.”

    If you are ding a small home garden, you may not need pesticides at all. Maybe hand and hoe weeding will be enough. Reducing pesticides should keep the bees and lady birds (lady bugs) around and doing your pollination for you.

    Happy to see some ladybirds (lady bugs) in my garden this morning.

    Please don’t kill these useful Insects.

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  • Fuel stations are among the establishments allowed to open, but are limited to sell fuel and ‘top ups’ ONLY…… NOT groceries.

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  • @Sillly woman:

    How long does it take for yams to grow?

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  • Good question, I bought a yam and only noticed it was growing up the stairs looking for light recently, so i cut the top and put it in a pot, lots of soil, would love to know how long it will grow a yam..

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  • @Dame Bajans April 5, 2020 1:13 PM “@Sillly woman: How long does it take for yams to grow?”

    In the old days we planted on May Day and harvested on New Year’s day. partly the weather and partly free labour (the kids, lol!)

    I’ve started planting for 3 years now since I have been retired, and I still plant late April or early May, but these seem to be a different variety and the leaves start to turn yellow around late November/early December, so I harvest about the week before Christmas.

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  • Sweet potatoes give a much quicker turn around, but do not keep as long as yams.

    Yams keep wonderfully well and need no refrigeration.

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  • @ David April 5, 2020 9:47 AM

    Some one is wrong. CMO in Trinidad keeps saying that world-wide the benchmark of one-hundred case is being used to formulate the modelling. Barbados has not reached one hundred cases.

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  • @Dr.Lucas

    If you listened to the interview this morning we were told the data will be made available at another time.

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  • @ Silly Woman
    You should be charging for the advice you are giving. Had not for the virus there would be no interest in these matters

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  • Dame

    The plantation use to plant the yams for the start of the rainy season and yes the ripen around the end of year/ new years or start of dry season.

    SW

    I a bit old fashion. When I hope the better half know I like fresh warm home made salt bread. ham, cheese, jam, butter or even eat it plain so. when I am in usa…….unfortunately I cant get by a bakery so often .

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  • https://books.google.com/books?id=XSsOAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=hoad+barbados+yams&source=bl&ots=pkgqBbdeVQ&sig=ACfU3U3SJOu7g7yin5hNYOT_GHYybST1ig&hl=en&ppis=_e&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiqiNijtdLoAhVCh-AKHR6MCFwQ6AEwAHoECAsQJg#v=onepage&q=hoad%20barbados%20yams&f=false

    MAY = YAM!!

    Plant in May.

    Can be earlier but if later yield will fall.

    Harvest on plantations in the dry season when the mud doesn’t cling to the tuber.

    Also plantations shut down at Christmas.

    There is such a thing as early yams, I guess harvested before Christmas.

    May because that is when they spring.

    Plantations had/have a “Yam House” where yams were/are stored after harvesting to sell or plant.

    Go in a “Yam House” in April/May and shoots all over the place, absolutely divine smell!!

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  • “Yams keep wonderfully well and need no refrigeration./”

    and they can grow, the staircase is the same color as the vine so i didn’t even notice it growing all the way up to the top…looking for light, goes to show that food can grow anywhere, so stop making it seem like it’s rocket science..

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  • And for Donna, lay the cassava stick, a nice fat piece about 12 to 14 inches long completely flat. This way more of the stick, the planting stock in in contact with the soil, so you will hhave more growing points where more cassava tubers will for,

    I used to plant at at angle with a piece sticking out of the ground, when my mother’s sister in law corrected me. Her husband, my mother’s half brother was an exemplary small farmer. Raised a large family by his trade, he was a mason, and by small farming. Cover the whole thing with a few inches of soil, this helps to keep the monkeys away too, if there are monkeys in your area. Because monkeys will try to remove the cassava sticks and will pull up some of the immature plants, so maybe plant more than you plan to harvest, but be prepared to do some replanting.

    robert I am simply sharing what the elders shared with me at no charge. My pension income does not/will not make me rich, but it is sufficient for my basic needs, water, food, electricity, medicine, internet, a bit for the church, and to buy the grands some ice cream or other trifles from time to time.

    I likely have less that 20 years left. I doubt that I will make it to billionaire during that time if I did not make it from 0 to nearly 70.

    Or as my old man used to say “If you don’t fill your bucket with rain, don’t expect to fill it with dew.”

    These are my dew years.

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  • I take it for granted that as Bajans we are talking about true yam. African yam of the family dioscorea, NOT sweet potatoes Ipomoea batatas which are often called yam especially by Americans and sometimes by Canadians.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U April 5, 2020 2:11 PM “Good question, I bought a yam and only noticed it was growing up the stairs looking for light.”

    At this time of year, yams kept in the kitchen or a yam house or a cellar or anywhere else [never refrigerate] will start to grow even if you beg them not to. The yam want to ensure that you can nyam some food next year. So knowing when to plant is real, real easy.You know that in West African yam cultures the verb to yam/nyam means to eat? Yams also have the reputation of keeping the “lady parts” in good health. Not sure about the “gentleman parts” though, but for their sake I hope so.

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  • @ Silly Woman April 5, 2020 7:50 PM

    I was only joking. As I have said you would have made a good scientist.

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  • Silly Woman,

    Up to yesterday Dame Bajans used the word “yam” meaning to eat. I guess now i know where we got it from.

    Sweet!

    Thanks for the tips. I will save them or I will forget them.

    Robert Lucas,

    Agriculture has been an interest of mine for many years. Tried planting nearly thirty years ago, reaped some corn and then stopped when i started a new job. This thing has been in the works for months and was delayed only by home renovations and nuff nuff dust. And it was actually Silly Woman’s bragging that gave me the impetus to get started, not the corona virus. She made me feel like a silly woman. Even if it was the virus though I would say better late than never. It is never too late to start doing the sensible thing. My son knows how to cook. Now he must learn how to get something to put in the pot. I ain’t raising nuh mock man.

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  • Silly woman,

    I have no intention of using pesticides in my little pot garden and one raised bed. I have never killed a butterfly in my life. I just enjoy watching them flit about. Never killed a ladybird (got them too) . They land on me. I let them crawl until they get tired, lose interest and fly away. It never ceases to bring a smile to my lips. Killed one honey bee by accident. Stepped on him. Huge sting. Swollen foot. Could not walk. A have two palm tress close to my raised bed. Some mornings I hear the bees buzzing in the trees. I don’t trouble them. They don’t trouble me. Got some little birds that flit from flower to flower. Watch them too and smile.

    i hear the pesticides are killing out the bees and that it could cause serious problems for agriculture in some countries.

    John 2

    Caught about four big pots, one basin and a bucket. Used some and refilled with the showers that came a few days later. Will soon be out, though. Hoping for another shower. Covered all containers though I haven’t seen a mosquito since I discovered the abandoned buckets full of larvae at the house next door. That was many months ago.

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  • Had a few monkeys pass by twice in different years. They picked some mangoes and left plenty for me. I did not trouble them. They did not trouble me. I thought they were funny.

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  • “So knowing when to plant is real, real easy.You know that in West African yam cultures the verb to yam/nyam means to eat? Yams also have the reputation of keeping the “lady parts” in good health.”

    The yam is well worshiped and well represented in African cultures. Bajans did not know when they use the word nyam they are still keeping their African culture alive…and well.

    Few Caribbean islands still use the word.

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  • @ Donna April 6, 2020 1:59 AM

    Press on.

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  • Nyam=to eat
    Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage / Edited by Richard Allsopp. Oxford University Press, 1996. pages 410 and 411.

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