What Can be More Important than…

Submitted by Bentley

I’m sure you must have seen this article from GIS (see below).

While I totally agree with the need to address food security by regional leaders much more is needed to be done if we are to ever come close to satisfying the food requirements of the region from regional sources. With specific reference to Barbados there are several areas that we need to urgently address. These include:

  1. Getting an effective praedial larceny act in place,
  2. Giving meaningful incentives to small farmers,
  3. Work towards removing the stigma associated with farming and agricultural work,
  4. Allow would be small food crop farmers to have a real stake in the sector (provision of unused parcels of government land at viable concessions, revive the agricultural seed store with a wide variety of viable seeds),
  5. Put conditions in place to control crop pests especially monkeys. I’m sure there are several other factors you can think of.

Food security and food crop farming must be seen as important by every member of society and government must do all it can to ensure this is achieved. 

I remember the late Dr Keith Laurie saying that during the second world war Barbados was able to feed itself since no food was coming in from outside. There is no good reason why we can’t achieve this on a Caricom wide basis.

See GIS article referred to by Bentley


It’s Time To Secure Region’s Food Security

BY JULIE CARRINGTON | MAY 20, 2022 | TOP STORIES

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley addressing the the opening ceremony of the three-day Agri-Investment Forum and Exhibition in Guyana, while regional leaders and officials look on. (PMO)

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has used the platform of a major agriculture conference to make a strident call for regional heads to join together to ensure the region’s food security.

She made the call yesterday during the opening ceremony of the three-day Agri-Investment Forum and Exhibition in Guyana, as she spoke on the topic: Pursuing CSME and Removing Barriers to Enhancing Agri-Trade Within the Region.

Ms. Mottley told the large gathering that the ongoing crisis with Russia and Ukraine had reinforced the vulnerabilities of the millions of people living in the Caribbean, based on the effect of wheat and other food restrictions in place by some overseas countries which export wheat and its by-products.

The Prime Minister shared that Russia, the Ukraine and India had stopped sending important food and grocery items outside its borders, and warned of more restrictions to follow by governments to safeguard their food supplies in the face of soaring inflation.

She articulated the view that the entire Caribbean region had to be viewed not just in the context of the population in CARICOM of 18 million people, but also the visitors received on an annual basis, whose “responsibility is ours to feed”.

Ms. Mottley affirmed: “We are at that moment in time when it is up to us to stand up to the challenge or to recognise that the consequences of it will indeed be difficult and potentially devastating for our people. While we await the global initiatives to be announced by the UN Secretary General and the global crisis response team he has established on food, energy and financing with the expectation that what the world faces will be more challenging than what we faced in 2008 to 2010. We have a responsibility to take preemptive action in this region to protect our people.”

The Prime Minister and other regional heads also made a case for more regular transportation of goods across the region with the suggestion that a new solution be found to move the cargo.

“In this moment, when maritime transport is at its greatest challenge, we have to recognise that the bridge to resuscitating Caribbean tourism air transport may well be having regional air cargo moving to help offset the investment to move our people,” she emphasised. 

Ms. Mottley continued: “We may need to look at different planes and we may need to look at more regular traffic. The regularity of movement may well be the solution for us rather than these large aircrafts that move once or twice a day.”

The three-day event was held under the themeInvesting in Vision 25 by 2025, which represents the goal to lower the region’s US $6 billion food import bill by 25 per cent within the next three years.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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  • Another link from Bentley.

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  • Barbados, Guyana seek closer economic bond
    Barbados and Guyana are seeking to establish a relationship that could be used as a developmental model to transform the Caribbean.
    Yesterday during the opening ceremony of Agrofest held at Queen’s Park, The City, President of Guyana Dr M. Irfaan Ali said the type of collaboration both countries needed to tackle security threats would require unification and innovation.
    In order for this plan to work, Ali said Barbadians and Guyanese could no longer see themselves as competitors but “as a singular collective”.
    “The relationship that we are building between Guyana and Barbados is to bring economic prosperity to both countries. We are not looking at winning in one area or creating a situation where we are carving out an area for you and an area for Guyana. That is not what we want. We want a holistic approach to this relationship so that we create economic prosperity in every sector and in everything that we do together as one country, Guyana and Barbados,” he said.
    “This relationship must advance security and we’re not talking security in a narrow sense of physical security . . . For the security we are talking about in the Guyana/ Barbados CARICOM model, how do we ensure that our people and our countries remain secure under the environmental threats and the threats of climate change? How do we remain viable and secure under the threats of food security?
    “. . . That security and this economic expansion and cooperation I speak of must be built also on a platform of respect and fairness . . . I have seen tremendous change and improvement in the relationship on the level of the private sector and this is what is needed – people to people contact, people to people integration; people to people partnership is what is going to cement this this relationship moving forward.”
    Addressing the international supply chain issues and international conflict, which have created a rise in production costs for farmers and exacerbated many of the region’s food insecurities, Ali said the Barbados/Guyana relationship would not only see the development of Barbados Black Belly Sheep and an improvement in transportation between the two countries, but would also create opportunities in agriculture for the disabled community, single parent women and young people.
    He said Guyana was working with developmental partners to move limestone to that state, so Guyana could produce the raw materials needed to make livestock feed and trade with Barbados at a cheap cost.
    Ali also said Barbados and Guyana were also “twinning” their economies in the area of tourism.
    He said plans were in the works to establish a link between Barbados and northern Brazil so
    Barbados could have access to millions of people in a new market, adding that the Barbados Tourism Authority would be setting up an office in one of Guyana’s consulate offices to make this a reality.
    Working together
    “We are working on merging our tourism product and we are working towards operational efficiency and cost efficiency by marketing jointly Guyana and Barbados as a singular brand.
    “In markets that we are in, we will market Barbados; in markets that you are in you will market Guyana. We are looking at creating a winning formula for both Guyana and Barbados.”
    Building on the need for a deeper relationship to combat the security threats small states face, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said: “We believe that we are standing on a strong platform and that it is time now for us to move to the next level, especially as we face these multiple challenges that have confronted us over the course of the last two years.”
    Mottley also spoke about the opportunities for Barbados in the construction sector that would be realised from this relationship. She said Guyana had “excellent” hardwood and this would be used to start a “silent revolution” in housing, which would see people living below the poverty line having better access to living accommodation.
    Other members from the Guyanese contingent visiting Barbados who attended the ceremony included Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Oneidge Walrond and Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation and Labour from St Vincent and the Grenadines Saboto Caeser was also at the event, as well as representative and country director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme Regis Chapman.
    Members of Barbados’ Parliament and Cabinet, the Barbados Agricultural Society and stakeholders in the agriculture sector were also in attendance.
    (SB)

    Source: Nation

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  • UWI students’ research key in push for financial technology hub
    Barbados’ aim to become the leading Caribbean Financial Technology hub by 2032 could benefit from the recommendations of University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill students.
    A week-long challenge labelled Classroom To Boardroom 2022 has been sponsored by Massy Barbados. It involved students working in several research areas, the organisers reported during a media webinar yesterday.
    Co-chief executive officer Leandra Forde said education, public awareness and marketing to local and overseas investors was given prominence by teams that brought together 20 students.
    Jeremy Nurse, vice president of corporate strategy and transactions for Massy Barbados, said unlike past initiatives, his company’s involvement as a sponsor was to contribute to a project which would, “have an impact on the country as a whole”.
    Among the proposals outlined by Forde was FinTech training for school teachers, introduction of FinTech in the school system and enhancement of the Barbados Export website to attract foreign investor.
    Executive chairman of Barbados Entrepreneurship
    Foundation (BEF) Celeste Foster expressed optimism that the recommendations by the students would be implemented.
    “This is the biggest programme that we have ever run,” Foster noted. She joined other partners in complimenting the students on the work and said they had “come up with a road map for Barbados”.
    Chairman of the Financial Services Commission, Oliver Jordan, said Government’s recently appointed FinTech Advisory Committee would be meeting shortly.
    “A lot of changes are coming,” he said, adding while consumer protection would be taken into account, innovation would also encouraged.
    Students gave their perspectives on the challenge and all indicated they had benefited from it.
    “Programmes like these are very important, especially at UWI,” Kyle Connell said while his colleague Zachary Hoyte said, “I totally enjoyed it.”
    Meantime Ricquan Blackman-Jessamy said: “This has been an experience, to say the least. You never get pushed as hard.” (HH)

    Source: Nation

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  • LAMB GONE UP
    Sheep farmers’ group advises members to raise prices
    The price of local lamb has gone up.
    In a notice earlier this week, the Barbados Sheep Farmers’ Association told its membership to increase their prices, which will see Barbadians paying a bit more for Black Belly Sheep lamb.
    President of the association, Maurice Grant, said yesterday that a price increase was imminent due to the high cost of inputs, adding that there was no major difference between the old prices and the new ones.
    Grant said farmers were having difficulty running their businesses and the increase would help offset rising production costs.
    “The need for the change in price is basically because of the significant increase in cost and it is just not a matter of feed. Farmers have commercial vehicles and have seen an increase in diesel, a 15 per cent increase. We are also seeing an increase in the cost of hay and the issue is that in the dry season there is not enough hay to satisfy the demand. Dairy farmers are buying the bulk of it and sheep farmers are struggling to get,” he said. “The carcass price is the price we sell to wholesalers and they have been buying carcass lamb for years at $8 per pound. So we can’t continue selling lamb at $8 per pound, which is about $17 per kilo (kilogramme) and then when you go into the supermarkets you see the same lamb being sold at nearly $30 per kilo. At $17 per kilo most farmers are making a small margin on it, so there was a need for that move.
    “The price for legs moved around based on demand. They were being sold between $10 and $13. Lamb chops moved around from $10 to $12, so the price didn’t move here; and stew was sold at $8 per pound.”
    Still in talks
    Meanwhile, president of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers’ Association (BEPPA), Stephen Layne, and president of the Pig Farmers Association, Henderson Williams, said their respective stakeholders were still in talks with Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley about increasing their prices.
    Layne said farmers could no longer sell their offerings at a small profit margin and sooner or later something would have to give.
    “We had a meeting with the Prime Minister two days ago with an emphasis to do everything else except increase prices. I don’t know how sustainable that is but it is where we are at right now,” he said. “You can’t keep asking poultry farmers to hold strain and supermarkets are exercising their rights to have their markup percentage – that is my only concern. They must share part of the burden of keeping prices down.”
    Williams said: “We are clear in our mind that whatever we do we need to ensure that we don’t put the price beyond the reach of the consumer. We are now in the process of rejigging and relooking everything from the pricing, in terms of the inputs of the feed, to other opportunities to reduce the overall cost of production. About 75 per cent of the production cost of pork is feed.
    “Hopefully, within the next month or two, we will be able to find a solution that allows us to stabilise or implement a programme where individuals can get certain cuts, even though they may not be prime cuts, that there is a section of the pig that we can utilise at a reasonable price.”
    Williams said pig farmers were also looking at ways in which they could pool their resources and manoeuvre as a cooperative when buying or sourcing production inputs.
    He said the artificial insemination programme needed a boost, which would see an improvement in production time and sizes allowing consumers to get better cuts of meat.
    He said they would also benefit from “better prices” as there would be more availability of local pork on the market.
    His association, as well as BEPPA, are to meet with the Prime Minister again next month to determine the direction each sector takes.
    President of the Barbados Agricultural Society, Peter Chase, who is also head of the food crop production division, said it was important not to cause public panic over price increases.
    However, he said crop farmers were also having a hard time coping with production costs and, just like dairy farmers, they were underpaid in the agriculture sector.
    He said crop producers were meeting sometime next month to discuss a way forward. (SB)

    Source: Nation

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  • Always an issue, we have discussed this matter about how oil contracts have been awarded in Guyana on BU before.


    Every citizen at present owes ExxonMobil $9M – IEEFA Financial Analyst

    May 25, 2022 News


    • each new discovery,is more debt for the nation

    By Gary Eleazar

    Kaieteur News – For every US dollar that Guyana earns per barrel of oil produced in the Stabroek Block, the Oil companies walk away with six dollars.

    Compounding the situation is the fact that at present, given the developments already undertaken and underway, each citizen of this country owes the oil company some US$44,000.

    Tom Sanzillo, Director of Financial Analysis for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

    Additionally, at the rate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL)—ExxonMobil Guyana—has envisaged the developments, the ones already identified would see the country repaying ExxonMobil at least US$75B to develop which would mean that the country would be repaying debts on that amount until 2070.
    This situation is likely to change, since the rapid pace of discoveries would also lead to the rapid increase in debt.

    These are among the conclusions of Tom Sanzillo, Director of Financial Analysis for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), who during a public webinar yesterday delved into the financial burdens Guyana has been left in as a result of the lopsided arrangement with EEPGL and the Government of Guyana under the Production Sharing Agreement. The webinar was hosted in view of the fact that the Environmental Permit for the Liza 1 Development expires next week on May 31.

    According to Sanzillo, the Guyana government through the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)–which is the state entity responsible for renewing the permit or not—should use the situation as leverage to address the numerous shortcomings in the contract.
    He told attendees at the webinar, unless this is done, then the renewal of a permit with no additional restrictions and financial reforms would simply see the renewal process as a rubber stamp arrangement.
    The lopsided arrangement alluded to by Sanzillo is another in the long list of abuses of Guyana.
    Elaborating further, Sanzillo reminded that this year Guyana has for the first time used its oil revenue in its budget and while the leaders are touting new revenues they have not addressed the increased cost of production and the fact that each Guyanese is currently on the hook for some US$44,000, “this is what is owed now.”
    He used the occasion to posit that what each resident must pay is bad enough and that using all of the oil resources in the budget in order to fund a 37 percent increase in spending adds insult to injury. According to Sanzillo, the Guyana government is currently spending more than it is earning and reminded that the country has had to borrow billions, each year.

    The Financial Analysts used the occasion to remind that while Guyana had agreed with the International Monetary Fund to use its oil resources to achieve certain specific results such as closing the deficit and saving for the future none of this is being achieved. Instead, what the government is doing is spending more than it earns in what is already a bad deal, made worse by the poor management of the resource.

    To this end, he posited that if the government fails to change the deal it would have failed the people of Guyana. As such, he was of the view that Guyana may never see its fair share of earnings from its oil blocks and as such pressed for government to open up its books in order for the people to be able to determine the state of affairs.
    According to the IEEFA Financial Analysts, “We are not the only ones saying that this is a bad deal for Guyana” and reminded that stakeholders from around the world have been saying the same thing. With this in mind, he noted that in recent days there are regular announcements made of new discoveries and it is being seen as a positive thing.
    According to Sanzillo however, under the present arrangement every time he sees an announcement of a new discovery, to him, that just means the mountain of debt will pile up before Guyana can get more earnings from its oil fields and reminded that with US$75B to develop what is already planned, that would take until 2070 to pay back.
    With this in mind, Sanzillo said, “Our concern is that Guyana will never see the revenues it was promised.”

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  • Farmers, producers meet with PM

    Article by Emmanuel Joseph
    Published on
    May 27, 2022

    Poultry and pork farmers in Barbados are looking to Government for a final resolution that would see the removal of obstacles now preventing increased production for exportation of their products.

    Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul said Thursday that senior representatives of the Egg and Poultry Producers Association, the Pig Farmers Association and the Pig Farmers Cooperative who met with Prime Minister Mia Mottley last evening to discuss expanding production, are hoping that follow-up talks would settle the existing challenges.

    “The farmers have agreed to come back to the Prime Minister with some proposals for further discussions that would lead to the type of expansion that we want,” Paul told Barbados TODAY.

    “The discussions were basically around that and how the obstacles that prevented expansion in the sectors can be removed. They were very frank discussions. We are hoping that the follow-up discussions that we will have, whatever roadblocks that existed, would be removed,” stated the BAS boss, who was not in a position to specify the proposals to be submitted to the Government, nor a timeline for future rounds of talks.

    In acknowledging a recent decision by Heads of Government of CARICOM to see agriculture in the region expand, and for individual countries to take steps to achieve this, Paul said the local farmers have come up with some suggestions on the issue of imports which continue to be a concern to Barbadian producers. “The issue is imports. Again, I am appealing to members of the business community, not to be reckless in how they do things in terms of imports. There needs to be a level of cooperation in terms of the importation of products,” Paul argued.

    The head of the umbrella body for food and livestock farmers is heartened that the Prime Minister’s intervention shows the seriousness of the Government in seeking to rescue the agricultural sector and to address the ongoing problem of importation of products that put local growers at a competitive disadvantage.

    “We are seeing now, for instance, imports of poultry, not sanctioned by the BADMC [Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation]. We had a code of practice before where all poultry imports had to be sanctioned by the BADMC before they are brought in. It seems as if people are side-stepping that process,” he stated.

    Paul said the current importation of pork is another matter of worry for the local farmers. He said what was also made clear at the meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir was that local farmers needed to “step up to the plate” in light of economic and social external pressures being experienced by small developing states such as Barbados.

    “Farmers have recognised that we are going to have to step up in terms of increased production in order to provide for greater food security for Barbadians. And the Prime Minister indicated that they will do what is necessary to ensure that measures are put in place to ensure it is facilitated,” Paul pointed out.
    emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

    Source: BT

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  • I think we may be getting somewhere this time in the region wrt agriculture. I believe they are finally tired of the talk.

    This Guyanese PM is obviously grateful to Ms. Mottley for standing behind the idea that an election result is determined by the number of votes rather than the race of the voter. I have seen photos of them putting their heads together, LITERALLY.

    We have already heard Richard Hoad speak on behalf of the monkey so they ARE actually being culled. They are being culled in St. Philip also, where they have put some farmers I know out of business. Unfortunately, Richard Hoad seems to have been using them as an alarm system against people’s dogs who kill his goats. By now, I would have killed those dogs myself.

    Next must be the human pests, the praedial larcenists. Can’t kill them but I would have had traps set up for them long time. Do these farmers have no imagination? The courts should then sentence them to work without pay for the same farmer they attempted to rob.

    And speaking of law enforcement, how about setting up a dedicated praedial larceny unit as has been done in some other countries? It does not have to be large to be effective.

    Tracking systems for produce were promised so damn long! What is so hard about it?

    Why do we make EVERYTHING seem so hard??????

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  • But where is our MoA, though? Is he MIA?
    Haven’t seen him out front lately. I assume (at the usual risk) that he is working assiduously behind the scenes.

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    The great Guyana oil scam…at least the Black Afrikan population know where they stand in all of this sleight of hand…and pauperization of those who are most helpless..

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  • @Donna

    Weir seems to be one of the more hardworking MoA. It probably has something to do with MOTTLEY playing lead (as usual) on the issue of agriculture.

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  • Can’t find the MoA? I have a friend who lives in his constituency who has had an ungoing problem and after exhausting the usual Gov’t agencies I asked him if he had contacted his MP, his response I only see him on TV. This friend admired Tom’s vision and thinks Mia saved the country, yet he can’t get in contact with the rep he voted for so he will have to watch TV
    BTW I last saw him on TV rambling about the Gov’ts efforts to combat Swine flu.

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  • @Sargeant

    Did you ask your friend why constituents were not aroused to boot Weir from office in January?

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  • PMMIA leading from the front. All roads lead to PMMIA.

    The BLP supporters are happy with their government and especially PMMIA.

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  • The old and determined canard about some perceived need for food security just would not die.

    One, Barbados never had the landmass, water resources or the ‘culture of agri’ to properly feed itself. Associated with the denial of the original intents of the Barrow, Burnham and Williams’s thinking about food within a CSME.
    Two, neoliberalism meant and means a concentration on services instead of industry. Based on the false presumption that the cheapest food can best be produced elsewhere.
    Three, people here seem to be of the general view that this condition of insecurity is created by happenstance or some innate need to be food dependent when indeed it has always been a form of warfare conducted by America to find and defend markets for its own farmers. International financial agencies like the IDB, the IMF and the World Bank actively support America’s soft power projection in this regard. So they sell us supermarkets as normal instead of agriculture, or at best cash crops if we’re lucky.
    Fourth, as members of the WTO it is virtually impossible to deny the importation of cheaper foods. And if the country does the importer or exporting country can seek a judicial remedy within the WTO system. This is what globalization means.
    Five, there has yet to be the equitable land distribution required to make food security distinct from chattel slavery in the context of Barbados. Without this, historical memory will continue to locate agriculture, wrongly, with circumstances still festering within national consciousness
    Six, the stealing Black peoples’ and poor peoples’ lands by lawyers

    And on and on. But given presence circumstances agricultural development in Barbados and the Caribbean shall remain as is for the foreseeable future..

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  • LOL
    Brass Bowls can ONLY be brass bowls!!
    Last time we had a highfaluting business deal with Guyana, there was a system called the ‘CARICOM Multilateral Clearing Facility”.
    When the fan was impacted by the usual jobby, Barbados was out in the hundreds of millions….

    Bushie is amused that we are so happily repeating history… obviously so that we can confirm the Maxim ;
    – “a brass bowl and his money are easily separated…”

    So why the Hell can’t Guyana develop their agriculture ….AND Barbados develop OUR agriculture ….while coordinating the respective areas of FOCUS and cooperation to avoid unproductive competition? When the Guyana government changes and a different attitude emerges, …What!!?? Do we just hope for the best?

    Lotta shiite!!
    This is just a lot of political rhetoric for the benefit of Enuff and Lorenzo. in the ABSENCE of any SOUND and sensible POLICY on agriculture for Barbados.
    JA’s who can’t even deal with monkeys, ridiculous imports, and crop thieves MUST find some shiite to distract the yard fowls while the Titanic is sinking.

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  • Bushie
    You should try seeing Barbados as an entity which lives forever! Sometimes.

    Now that Guyana is rich with oil accounts can be reconciled.

    Indeed, history may show that that was the best money the country “spent”.

    You are perennially misguided by an eponymy.

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  • @ Pacha
    YOU should check your facts.

    Having oil identified as a ‘national resource’ does NOT make you rich. It just makes you into a TARGET.
    The USUAL (hegemonic) SUSPECTS are the ones making the ‘killing’.
    Check out Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran and now Russia to get a glimpse into the future of those countries that are ‘blessed’ with oil.
    LOL it is just that Russia played their cards brilliantly and PRETENDED to go along with the predators …for a while – until they became too big to consume.

    Do some research and tell us how much income Guyana has made (and stands to make,) from the oil revenues extracted.

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  • Bushie

    Again you err. For this writer has personal and professional knowledge about the petroleum business.

    And although your point is too often correct it is not always so.

    In the case of Guyana they are only getting about 3 percent royalties. Plus arrangements can be made with Barbados to exchange debt for oil. A deal like that this writer engineered which saw the creditor nation receiving about 8 times the amount owed, applying the rule of 72.

    In the case of Russia deals are vastly different. In the case of Nigeria, off-OPEC production represents direct revenues to their treasury.

    These matters are very complex and are not always susceptible to your unsophisticated reasonings as based in a single book of falsehoods, we are afraid.

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  • I recently heard Ms. Mottley raising these unfair and unevenly applied WTO regulations.

    What was and is does not always have to be.

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  • Oh OK…. Let Bushie see now…
    “Bushie is ‘too often correct’ ……but in THIS case NOT SO!! ….because Pacha PERSONALLY engineered a deal which saw the creditor nation getting 8 times the amount owed…”
    Huh??
    Kindly excuse the bushman from further exploration of this minefield ..least serious and possibly irreparable damage be done to Pacha’ credibility ( in the fanatical drive to blame the Bible for all ills…)

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  • Also, what happened with Guyana last time does not have to be this time.

    Relationships change.

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  • Oh dear! Let the grass lie low! The “elephants” are fighting.

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  • The logic of an idiot…
    Next time may be different…hopefully..

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  • Bushie

    The false representation of material facts should be beneath you.

    We tried to point out some of the realities about a business which we feel certain we know better than you.

    Well, if the root of your every word is based in untruths, therefore the stems, the branches, the fruits, must thusly.

    Certainly, that’s a logic not unknown to you!😎🦔

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  • So…you marry one man and he abuses you, should you then assume that ALL MEN will abuse you and never marry again?

    Are these the same people who left us holding the empty bag last time? Seems to me that what happened was allowed to happen. Does it mean that different actors will allow it to happen again.

    YOURS is the logic that displays idiocy.

    There are no guarantees in life. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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  • One thief breaks into the house and cyah way de money under de mattress. Yuh buy a safe an’ install security lights an camera, burglar bars and two big dogs.

    No longer an easy target.

    Will the outcome necessarily be the same?

    STEUPSE.

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  • I don’t feel safe here. Let me go back where I belong… Unable to contribute.

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  • A firm and unstinting obeisance to empire and all its institutional arms has been always seen as better.

    For that is far more important than agriculture and food security.

    With empire there can be no hiding, fooling, navigating political pimps. One must have an accurate knowledge of whom is lord.

    We’ve never had a government when forced to make this decision which has chosen agriculture and food security as a national project, over total submission, even devotion.

    And this country has done nothing if not serve this their god.

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  • I remember long before the 2018 election I was talking about CSME ignoring the importance of SPACE. President Ali with a background in urban and regional planning seems to understand its importance.

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  • Bushie – Guh siddung. Yuh talking pup.🤣🤣

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  • Now Barbados realises they will need Guyana to feed them in the future, will they cease the animosity and discrimination towards Guyanese like what was practiced over the past couple of decades?

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  • Not only the future. During Covid it was the Guyanese farmers operating in Bim who provided much food, edible substances

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  • Merrill Lynch pulling all investments from Europe.
    If we wanted another inflationary body blow with huge implication for food security, this is it.

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  • When the US starts hoarding its food that will provide an undeniable argument to the WTO.

    How de rass you could stymie my agriculture so you can dump your excess shit on us an den hoard yuh food when you have none to spare, leaving we tuh starve tuh death?

    Cyan happen! No more!

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  • Is necessity still the mother of invention?

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  • Enuff,

    I believe the correct term is, “Lotta shiite!” Wrapped in a pretty package.

    Bush Tee has a way with words that can often distract from the lack of substance.

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    “A firm and unstinting obeisance to empire and all its institutional arms has been always seen as better.”

    yet here they are…that’s why following, endorsing and supporting them, gets ya exactly what ya deserve,,,,

    “When the Guyana government changes and a different attitude emerges, …What!!??”

    ya have ya own anonymous on BU talking about corrupt governments, but still voting them in, and hoping to see change without actually doing or saying anything to effect it…and you are worried about Guyana…lol

    “Six, the stealing Black peoples’ and poor peoples’ lands by lawyers”

    to hear about it live and on air is ugly indeed.

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  • @ Enuff
    You encouraged Owen to compromise Barbados with the CSME shiite and now hoping for some justification? LOL
    Boss, when things get tight and Ali decides to feed Guyanese FIRST, we aint going hear a single peek from you.

    Of course Bushie has made his own personal arrangement (YEARS now,) so when things get tight, pass by for a bake or fish cake…
    the bushman won’t let you starve….

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  • Bushie

    You really like the old time religion. Yuh won’t let go of these dated canards not even after nearly 40 years.

    This ultra isolationism is ………………………. Not that unbridled globalization should be an article of faith😩. But Bajan sugar boilers have been going to Guyana since hundreds of years.

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  • BUSH TEA IS AGAIN CORRECT
    I DO NOT KNOW MANY GUYANESE WHO ARE NOT DISHONEST
    ONCE THE GOVERN MENT COMES UP WITH AN IDEA WE MUST CLAP LOUDLY AND RUN WITH IT BECAUSE WHY…..?
    EVERY ONE IS LOOKING FOR UTOPIA.
    EVERYONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE “THE LIE”‘ BUT THE WRITING IS DEFINITELY ON THE WALL.
    NOW NOTE I DID NOT SAY THAT ALL GUYANESE ARE DISHONEST…….I SAID THAT I DO NOT KNOW MANY GUYANESE WHO ARE NOT DISHONEST
    I SAID NOT MANY…….NOT ANY

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  • Different approaches does not equal doing nothing.

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  • Here we go! We, the honest Bajans, must fear the dishonest Guyanese. Only a few honest Guyanese out there.

    Oh dear!

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  • We could bet that dishonesty can only apply to Black Guyanese. He is and has always been a self hating nigger.

    Never heard him refer to White people using such a generalized characterization.

    Sure he could find some bio-chemical theoretical justification for this inbred self hatred

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  • And who said that once the government comes up with an idea we must run with it? Steupse!

    Are only those who disagree allowed to express their disagreement? Are those who agree supposed to be quiet???

    Double steupse!

    But de guvment en waitin’ on you tuh run wid nutten!

    In this particular race I say, “Go Mia go! I right behin’ yuh!”

    No guarantees but you are doing what many have said needs to be done.

    We shall see how it pans out. We already know how it will pan out if you do NOTHING. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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  • There is nobody anywhere more dishonest than christians. Not even your own devil.

    The fictionalization of a bible, the creation of a slave approving god and innumerable other lies which have the whole world in a mess are the most dishonest things known to man.

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    “There is nobody anywhere more dishonest than christians. Not even your own devil.”

    the worst thing by far to happen on our earth, they are hypocrites, liars, pretenders, deceivers, frauds, perverts, pedophiles, everything evil falls under that category….the devil would be very afraid of them..

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  • Was it Burnham who promised farm acreage to black Bajans if they immigrated to Guyana so it would change the demographics of the electorate ? or was it Barrow who came up with the idea?

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    Have you been following that historic Catholic mess in Canada, and all Christian’s are Catholics, which continues to this day. As an example of the criminal nature of all Western Christian’s, without
    exception,

    Francis seems to hold good intentions but the rot is so deep, poor fellow, he has no idea where to begin. Even of him, we must ask the question, how could he be in this mess all his life and not know about the wickedness right in front his face.

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  • Not Burnham, not Barrow. Only Guyanese Indians like Jagan and Jadeo think like that.

    Foolish Black people get off on irrational notions about one people. While Indians laugh at them.

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  • @ GP
    It is not that Bush Tea is ‘correct’, it seems that the default is to be illogical ..and Bushie is yet to learn how to conform…

    OK..
    So we ALL now know that some HARD times are coming …and that MANY asses are headed for the grass.
    This is now COMMON knowledge – no longer ‘bible prophecy or teachings’ as some of us have been warning – it is now CNN and BBC
    So ALL brass bowls have naturally begun PANIC preparations for the hard times…

    So what does Bajan Brass Bowls do to prepare???
    … They send their BEST farmers, and black belly stock to Guyana to help THEM to prepare for the coming chaos – and hopefully, to keep us in mind when the shit hits the fan…. HELLO!!??
    This is BRILLIANT strategy ain’t it??, This way we can get the guyanese to do the hard work, and then they will send us the produce.
    After all Auntie Mia is in the ‘world top 100., and too-besides, Bajans youth CANNOT be expected to go out in the hot ass sun doing ‘agriculture’. …NOT after all the money we spent on ‘education’.
    What the Hell….!!

    GP. Please explain to Bushie how ANYONE, (even brass bowls,) can be so NAIVE.
    Ali must get belly hurt from the lotta laughing when he by herself…..
    Wuh Ali would gotta be a REAL Jack donkey if, when the jobby hits, he ships foodstuff to Barbados …when his people hungry as shiite too…
    But of course he HAS to send it, ….otherwise Mia would give a big speech at CARICOM – SHIITE!!! or even at the UN…
    Or perhaps we could send the BDF for the stuff…
    What a bunch of brass…!!!

    Foolish Bushie would have taken those gangs of ‘bush cutters’ currently being paid to cut down bush (that will grow back twice as high AS SOON AS THE RAINS COME), to prepare some FIELDS for potatoes, okras, beans etc …and would offer a bounty on all monkey tails… (with a bonus for ‘donna monkey’)…. and finally teach about ten praedial larceny ‘regulars’ a lesson that NO ONE will ever forget… Starting with ‘Doctor’ Agriculture….

    Looka… Bushie out do!!!…
    When yuh CURSED….yuh cursed!

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  • Interesting

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  • Unless old habits change, ‘food catastrophe’ will hit Caribbean – Pres. Ali – News Room Guyana

    https://newsroom.gy/2022/05/28/unless-old-habits-change-food-catastrophe-will-hit-caribbean-pres-ali/

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  • In 2018 the PM in one of her photo op press conferences told barbadians that Surinam and the govt of Barbados had coopted a plan as an offer by Surinam to give barbadians farmers agricultural land in Surinam
    Four years later and nothing more has been said
    The PM revels self in long winded political speeches and photo ops nothing more nothing less
    Everything she has done in the last four years has not borne fruit in favour of the Bajan household
    Outside interest has been the sole beneficiaries

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    “Have you been following that historic Catholic mess in Canada, and all Christian’s are Catholics, which continues to this day. As an example of the criminal nature of all Western Christian’s, without
    exception,”

    yes Pacha…it earned a whole chapter in my second book….because we know it will be glossed over (mirages weaved) and a new book of evil presented to the gullible..

    “Foolish Black people get off on irrational notions about one people. While Indians laugh at them.”

    they deserve that, bunch of asses.

    “Looka… Bushie out do!!!…
    When yuh CURSED….yuh cursed!”

    The Black vendors in the market who have been there generationally are already complaining that Indian vendors from Guyana were brought in and they are being pushed out…..the ignorant parliament negros are walking curses…

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  • The same ole long.winded speeches and photo ops

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    Barbados Excited About Brokopondo Agreement
    BY JOY-ANN GILL | FEB 28, 2020 | TOP STORIES

    Suriname’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Rabindre Parmessar, presents a token of appreciation to Barbados’ Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, for Suriname’s participation in Agrofest 2020 in Queen’s Park. (S.Maughan/BGIS)
    Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, is “very excited” about the prospects which the Brokopondo Agreement with Suriname holds for Barbados.

    He expressed this sentiment today during talks with a Surinamese delegation, led by Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Rabindre Parmessar, at his office at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

    Noting that this sector really needs the energy in order to be as transformational as it is supposed to be, Minister Weir said this also came against the backdrop that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was targeting agriculture as the one sector that should contribute growth to the economy.

    While acknowledging that Barbados was heavily dependent on tourism, he noted that a country could be placed in a very vulnerable position given the many challenges that may be encountered, including diseases like the novel coronavirus.

    Stressing that this was why agriculture was so important now, he said: “We are targeting this Brokopondo Agreement solely because we recognize the importance of having agriculture as one of the leading sectors.”

    The Minister also expressed his satisfaction with Suriname’s negotiations for the movement of goods between the two countries, stating that the partnership towards developing the Blackbelly Sheep population with Suriname was welcomed.

    Stressing that Barbados wanted to augment this animal’s reproduction by some 1,000,000, he said there was also the value chain aspect of it.

    “You can use the meat in the culinary industry, but then what you do after that is critical to the value that we can get from the Blackbelly Sheep. So, what we are going to do is continue the relationship with The University of the West Indies and the private developers in Barbados to have the skins to get leather from the Blackbelly Sheep.

    Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, greets Suriname’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Rabindre Parmessar, prior to the start of talks at the Ministry of Agriculture at Graeme Hall, Christ Church. (S.Maughan/BGIS)
    “This is why Suriname is so important because you have the capacity. We don’t have the scale currently, but you can give it to us under the Brokopondo Agreement …. We are talking about a tremendous opportunity here, if between Suriname and Barbados we can build this industry,” Minister Weir said.

    Mr. Parmessar, in his response, expressed gratitude to both his President Desiré Bouterse and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, saying: “I thank both leaders for their spirit and vision that we must be an example within the Caribbean Community, setting up these activities and enterprises for our people. I am happy that we have an agenda whereby we can meet the captains of the business industries, where our delegation of the business community can have one-to-one contact with them.”

    The Surinamese Minister, who, along with his delegation, will be at Barbados’ premier agricultural event, Agrofest, in Queen’s Park this evening, said: “I thank you for the opportunity and the invitation to be able to present a little glimpse of our products here and for facilitating us. It is in line with what our leaders want, that we have more active relationships with each other.”

    Discussion also centred around Barbadian farmers taking up opportunities in Suriname; enhancing this island’s sanitary and phytosanitary measures; and boosting fish farming in Barbados.

    The Brokopondo Programme, under its agricultural component, has the potential to strengthen regional cooperation, especially in the area of food security.

    It has three components, namely trading in agricultural produce; utilization of lands in Suriname for farming by Barbadians and providing scientific assistance/collaboration.

    Barbados and Suriname established diplomatic relations in March 1978.

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  • Donna got she own whacker, whack down she grass long time and got she place plant up with all the goodies of which you spoke and much more. Donna just ate from the bounty with which she has been BLESSED. NO CURSES HERE!

    And the last monkey Donna saw here, ate a few mangoes and left with two long “hands” because Donna DOLITTLE spoke his language and we had a pleasant conversation – “Some for you and some for me.”

    Donna monkey is up here promoting and facilitating agriculture among her family, friends and neighbours. Some neighbours have admired my garden and requested my garden helper’s services to start their own.

    What this government is doing with Guyana, as far as I can tell, is not all situated in Guyana. We are ramping up our local efforts as well.

    But yes, I would too have engaged the youngsters to put down the whackers and grow some stuff wherever possible. Some young men have done so of their own accord.

    I will at some point take the few steps to River and see if the problems there have been addressed, if not in whole, at least in part. These problems have been around for more than a decade.

    With respect to Bajan vendors crying foul – had not for some Guyanese Indians growing some produce in Barbados, many vendors would not have one bit of produce to sell. I have a farmer cousin whose worker died in suspicious circumstances a few years ago and there he was in the paper lamenting, wondering where he would find another worker.

    I remember about 15 years ago when the Irrigation Engineer at the BADMC told me that his team went down to Springhall Land Lease Project, announced that they were from the Irrigation Department and quick so there was not a worker in sight.

    Poor fellows thought he was from the IMMIGRATION Department.

    Our attitudes towards agriculture are changing but not quickly enough to save us in this crisis. I would think twice about knocking the Guyanese again.

    I have no problem with the Guyanese Indians. I saw one young man take my teeny son’s heavy cricket bag on his own shoulder and walk the long road from Hilda Skeene School to King George V Park while BLACK fellow camp councillors hemmed and hawed about who should take the short drive to pick him up.

    I was still in therapy for a serious injury and was unable to drive or to carry the bag.

    NEVER did I ask any of them a favour again.

    But I never forgot that young Guyanese Indian immigrant who could not bear to see my son struggle.

    I take people as they come.

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    “In 2018 the PM in one of her photo op press conferences told barbadians that Surinam and the govt of Barbados had coopted a plan as an offer by Surinam to give barbadians farmers agricultural land in Surinam”

    people should stay away from that scam…those who went in the 70s etc, ended up as paupers, no pension and returned to Barbados with nothing, just suitable for the alms house, all their lives wasted listening to nasty, lying politicians.., never got any status, could not marry…did not speak Dutch, never assimilated..because of cultural and language barriers…..

    ..watch plans to remove Black people to replace them without whomever they are now sucking up to..

    …leave on your own terms and by your own choice….

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  • Waru

    We’ve seen and know that Guyanese Indians are no different to the Hindu-fascists Modi in India.

    That while Black people are forever in search of some misbegotten unity of all mankind. Guyanese Indians don’t take that shiiiite seriously, look to Indian instead as their spiritual home. Watch Guyanese or Trinidadian TV and you’ll think you are in India.

    Our Afrikan identification should recognized no such boundaries.

    Any. Afro-Guyanese will tell you how racist Guyanese Indians have always been. This present Indian government which Mottley and Arthur, backed by empire, helped to install is firing Black people and replacing them with Indians and not a word from the Americans, a dead OSA or the near dead Mia Mottley.

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  • “NOW NOTE I DID NOT SAY THAT ALL GUYANESE ARE DISHONEST…….I SAID THAT I DO NOT KNOW MANY GUYANESE WHO ARE NOT DISHONEST”

    What is your personal experience of white people
    are they friends who have your best interest at heart
    or parasites vampires bloodsuckers who cannot be trusted

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    “That while Black people are forever in search of some misbegotten unity of all mankind. Guyanese Indians don’t take that shiiiite seriously, look to Indian instead as their spiritual home. Watch Guyanese or Trinidadian TV and you’ll think you are in India.”

    let the forever idiots believe this is some game, these people take their ANCESTRY seriously…unlike the black wannabe whites and everything else except Afrikans….i spent quite some time in Trinidad, so well understand the South East Asian mentality…..the Caribbean is merely an economic means to an end for them, they see much more and better than house negros..

    they will pay to learn..dummies can’t even agree on simple things between themselves, but want to pretend they can integrate parasites who are socialized to hate Afrikans…

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  • “pretend they can integrate parasites who are socialized to hate Afrikans…

    blacks who hate asians are backwards too
    which seems like the trend in barbados

    people are people

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    watch plans to remove Black people to replace them with whomever they are now sucking up to..

    the RACE HATE crimes committed against Afrikans particularly in Guyana are numerous and well documented….still under international investigation….Black people would do well not be swayed into complacency….

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  • Doing a fly-by
    1/1
    Mention K K or ‘Asians’ and 555 gets rattled.

    (The above should not be counted as my regular musical poke)

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  • “Mention K K or ‘Asians’ and 555 gets rattled.”

    I have had black friends my whole life

    white and black scum are scum who are ditched along the way

    I later hear stories from others when they realise they are scum too

    God hates ugly people look into the mirror and what do you see

    pure ugh! screw face know who fe frighten

    we know The O is a bitch and Waru has not been blessed with a pretty face

    Screwface know-a who fi frighten! Screwface know-a who fi frighten! Like I told, they say, “Coward, man”. Gonna keep some bones And all violent man gonna weep and moan. He that exalted him say, “Yeah!” Shall be obeyed. Remember Jah – Jah children deh! Don’t dread no pain. Fear do we go now To the rivers of ungodly waters, we’ll fear no foe (Fear no foe, fear no foe). Wherever I go, Not even the pestilence That crawl at I’n’I Can’t do – wo-wo-wo – me no wrong (just can’t do me no wrong). Oh, now! I tell you what red is! I tell you what I know: (Screwface know-a who fi frighten!) Screwface know-a who fi frighten! Screwface know-a who fi frighten! Wo, now! (Screwface know-a who fi frighten!) Screwface will frighten Screwface! (Screwface know-a who fi frighten!) Long time gone, y’all! (Screwface know-a who fi frighten!) Screwface will frighten Screwface! Wo, yeah! Now! (Screwface know-a who fi frighten!)

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  • When I retired and started gardening seriously I did not know how to lay down drip lines. A middle aged Guyanese Indian came and did it for a fee, but he also said to this old woman “I will show you how to do it” He did, and now I lay down my drip lines myself.

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  • I never accused you of not having black friends. I do not think of you as racist or accuse you of being racist. However, I know that certain words pushes all your buttons.

    I do believe that you have close black friends but ‘I have black friends’ is not a good counter argument.

    Most things are complicated than the binary frame we want to put them in.

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  • I may comment on KK and my comment may not be outright positive, but it would be foolish to think I do not wish him well.

    I may not agree with his politics, but I wish him success in his personal life and that he achieved his dreams.

    At this time, I see the young man and his politics as two different beasts.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    And I have a Guyanese Indian neighbour who gives me gardening tips and plenty of encouragement when he passes by.

    Last week he told me that it is time I put down some drip irrigation. I went to buy some several months ago and they had no connectors. I haven’t been back to look. There is an online video that demonstrates how to do it yourself using pvc pipes, which allows you to drill holes to suit yourself. I was thinking of doing that instead. The pipes would last longer too, I think. Much easier to buy the ready done lines though and have somebody set it up, timer and all.

    Don’t the others rot and need replacing often?

    My cousin helper also has a Guyanese Indian who gives him tips, suckers and whatever else to help him grow his garden.

    I take people as they come.

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  • St Philip farmers happy with catchment pond

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley watched years of pain turn into tears of joy for scores of St Philip farmers yesterday.
    Mottley had been Opposition Leader more than four years ago when she visited River Plantation and heard the cries of pain from the farmers who remained unable to tend their crops due to a lack of a proper irrigation system for more than 200 acres of agricultural land. At the time, many had tears in their eyes as they spoke of their plight.
    But that all changed yesterday with the completion of the River Plantation Catchment project at Browne’s Pond, a joint venture between the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) and C.O. Williams Construction Company.
    The state-of-the-art catchment pond, already filling with rain water, will at full capacity provide a little over six million gallons of water for the farmers, mainly for harvesting crops, but also to facilitate dairy, sheep and poultry farmers in their endeavours.
    Almost 200 farmers
    In total, almost 200 farmers would have access to the catchment pond.
    Accompanying Mottley yesterday for the launch of the project, was President of Guyana, Irfaan Ali, who is in Barbados to help forge deeper trade and agricultural links with Barbados, along with being part of a Guyana delegation here for AgroFest, which started on Friday and ends today.
    “When we first visited here a few years ago it was water, but it wasn’t water in a pond, it was water on your faces,” Mottley reminded the farmers yesterday. “But now I am happy. To see big men cry at the prospect of losing the fruits of their labour simply because of the elements of nature and nothing they had caused and confronted with the reality that it would mean their families would not be able to eat is what we saw,” she added.
    For the second time in as many weeks, the Prime Minister said Barbados’ food security was of prime importance to her administration, especially with all that is happening internationally. “The country must feed itself,” she asserted, while noting Government had been forced to spend more than $30 million per year for water provision the last two financial years, taking
    that money directly from the Consolidated Fund.
    Praises for Weir
    The Prime Minister also heaped praise on Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir insistently lobbying for the farmers to be placed in a position to feed their families and by extension ensure local produce remained available for Barbadians. “In Indar Weir, you the farmers have a friend, because his voice competed against other interests in Cabinet as to why this should be a priority,” she said.
    In calling the project a historic one, Weir noted that the idea to ensure proper irrigation at River Plantation had come out of a rubbing shoulders project when the Barbados Labour Party was in opposition.
    He noted, however, that the new Catchment Pond project was for all farmers in St Philip and not just from his St Philip South constituency.
    Mottley revealed that a larger pond would also be constructed in Lears, St Michael in the coming months, which would bring significant agricultural production back to lands in urban Barbados. She said the original thought had been to bring housing to the area, but she felt it more important that agricultural production got the nod. (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • “I never accused you of not having black friends. I do not think of you as racist or accuse you of being racist. However, I know that certain words pushes all your buttons.

    I do believe that you have close black friends but ‘I have black friends’ is not a good counter argument.”

    blah blah blah
    Yeah but…

    You sound as sincere as white scum
    but as a black you should now better
    shame on you bag a boo

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  • “I do believe that you have close black friends “

    they are best friends
    conscious dreads
    not bald head bitches

    question for the black faced haters
    how many paki friends do they know
    when they talk their pure ignorance

    I await your response TheO

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  • Title: Blackheart Man
    Artist: Bunny Wailer
    Album: Blackheart Man

    Tikya the Blackheart Man, children
    I say, don’t go near him
    Tikya the Blackheart Man children
    For even lions fear him

    Tikya the Blackheart Man, children
    I say, don’t go near him
    Tikya the Blackheart Man children
    For even lions fear him

    Growing in a neighbourhood for such along time
    That is filled with fear
    I can’t go here, can’t go there
    And I ain’t supposed to go anywhere
    When I ask my Mom if she could let me go out and play
    She said be careful of the stranger
    Giving candies to children
    And then take them away

    He lives in the gullies of the city
    He’s the Blackheart Man (The blackheart Man)

    Even in the lonely parts of the country
    He’s the Blackheart Man, Blackheart Man
    Got no friend, no home, no family
    He’s the Blackheart ‘Man, The Blackheart Man
    He is famed to live just like the Gypsy
    He’s the Blackheart ‘Man, The Blackheart Man

    Growing and learning and gathering, for myself a little more
    Experience jumping over the fence
    Curiousity has brought me yes it’s brought me, a little common-sense
    Trodding the road of life, I’ve come to this one conclusion
    That everything is equal under the sun, all that is createdby JAH mighty hand
    And he said knock and it shall be opened
    Seek and Ye shall find that wisdom is found in the simplest of places,
    In the nick of time, knock and it shall be opened
    Seek and ye shall find that wisdom is found in the simplest of places, in the nick of
    Time and now I trod the same road of aflictions just like the
    Blackheart Man, just like the Blackheart Man
    Getting my share of humiliation just like the Blackheart Man
    Just like the Blackheart Man
    You’ll find me even in the prison of the dungeons
    Just like the Blackheart Man, just like the the Blackheart Man
    I even get blamed without a reason just like the Blackheart Man
    Just like the Blackheart man yau

    No cross, no crown, no sorrow, no trial and crosses In-a-I way
    But the hotter the battle is the sweeter JAH JAH victory
    Ancient children use to say if you want good
    Your nose got to run run run
    How could the world go free, and let JAH bear the cross alone
    And them that drink of the old wine hath no place for the new
    For the new and the stones that are head of the corner are the
    Same one that the builders refused
    Now, it’s the Blackheart Man, children
    Who’ve become the wonder of the city (rep).
    For the new and the stones that are head of the corner are the
    Same ones that the builders refused
    Now hear me when I say
    It’s the Blackheart Man, children
    Who’ve become the wonder of the city

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  • Oh dear.. I don’t want to get into a personal exchange.

    Before I reply, let me ask you this.. Should I count ‘paki’ differently than East Indian? What about someone from China or even from Japan, and the numerous European colleagues that I interact and became friends with?
    Do my friends from various countries in Africa count or do they carry no weight in your opinion.

    I grow tired. No other reply is forthcoming. Have a great day.

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  • Should I count ‘paki’ differently than East Indian?

    paki is the white name for east indians

    I shall assume you got none and waru has got none and you do not know any of these so called I don’t know what you call them families who are your personal friends and have watched their children grow from when they are born to adulthood. Tell me if I am wrong.

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    “I shall assume you got none and waru has got none and you do not know any of these so called”

    then you make an Ass U Me…..

    even if found in bloodlines and as close friends, both of which i can own….will still call out racism, race hate and anti-Black crimes committed by those who are the dregs of societies…and can be found in minority groupings…

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  • Racism is in you love it oozes of your pores like a slimy creep

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  • Whenever, the world starts to beat me up, I retreat to the poetry of Maya Angelou Cox.

    “In 2018 the PM in one of her photo op press conferences told barbadians that Surinam and the govt of Barbados had coopted a plan as an offer by Surinam to give barbadians farmers agricultural land in Surinam”

    Can you see it.. the poetry
    —The grand scam–
    In 1982 we hear the grand plan
    Of forging an alliance with Surinam
    We watched with hope and confidence
    As Mia thrilled us with her press conference
    But now it is the year 2022
    An old plan is brushed of and again made new

    Now not one but two Guyana’s
    Black belly sheep, tourism and bananas
    We are grabbing phrases out of the air
    Plans are made and then disappear
    Policies developed by a leading magician
    Now you see them and then they are gone

    Aza Kazan we got an election
    Aza kazan, oops, no new constitution
    To some it is the same old game, deja Vu
    But my good friend Lorenzo acts as if it all new
    When will he realize it’s a scam and a sham
    When he lose confidence in flim-flam MAM

    Inspired by MAC (Maya Angelou Clarke)

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  • “REALITY” is when you and The-Zero are challenged about your ignorance and asked a specific question about life long friends you chat about something else

    The-Zero talks about colleagues Chinese Japanese Eastern Europeans
    War on you talks about bloodlines

    They can’t help being ignorant it just the way they are and the way it is same as it ever was

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  • “people should stay away from that scam…those who went in the 70s etc, ended up as paupers, no pension and returned to Barbados with nothing, just suitable for the alms house, all their lives wasted listening to nasty, lying politicians.., never got any status, could not marry…did not speak Dutch, never assimilated..because of cultural and language barriers…..”

    But Suriname only got their independence from the Netherlands in 1975 and joined Caricom in 1975. Anyone can enlighten me on this 1970’s Surinam scam? I know of the immediate post-emancipation movement but 1970s?😒

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  • @555
    We did our 1/1 already.
    You asked me a specific question.
    I replied.
    Now you claim it is something that I do ‘every day’.

    But we have reached out daily limit
    See you tomorrow

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  • “I replied.”

    so how many is “Should I count ‘paki’ differently than East Indian? What about someone from China or even from Japan, and the numerous European colleagues that I interact and became friends with?
    Do my friends from various countries in Africa count or do they carry no weight in your opinion.”
    in real numbers

    =< 1 or >1

    you did not answer shit

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  • @Enuff May 29, 2022 1:37 PM “But Suriname only got their independence from the Netherlands in 1975 and joined Caricom in 1975. Anyone can enlighten me on this 1970’s Surinam scam? I know of the immediate post-emancipation movement but 1970s?😒”

    WARU has admitted to making up things to keep things “interesting.”

    I was an adult for all of the 1970’s and I don’t recall any 1970’s migration to Surinam

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  • Gang Starr – Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?

    was raised like a Muslim
    Prayin’ to the East
    Nature of my life relates rhymes I release
    Like a cannon
    Cuz I been plannin’ to be rammin’ what I wrote
    Straight on a plate down your throat
    So digest as I suggest we take a good look
    At who’s who while I’m readin’ from my good book
    And let’s dig into every nook and every cranny
    Set your mind free as I slam these thoughts
    And just like a jammy goes pow
    You’re gonna see what I’m sayin’ now
    You can’t be sleepin’
    ‘Cause things are gettin’ crazy
    You better stop being lazy
    There’s many people frontin’
    And many brothers droppin’
    All because of dumb things, let me tell you somethin’
    I’ve been through so much that I’m such
    A maniac, but I still act out of faith
    That we can get the shit together so I break
    On fools with no rhymes skills messin’ up the flow
    And people with no sense who be movin’ much too slow
    And so, you will know the meaning of the Gang Starr
    Guru with the mic and Premier raise the anchor
    Swiftly, as we embark on a journey
    I had to get an attorney
    I needed someone to defend my position
    Decisions I made, cuz now it’s time to get paid
    And ladies, these rhymes are like the keys to a dope car
    Maybe a Lexus or a Jaguar
    Still, all of that is just material
    So won’t you dig the scenario
    And just imagine if each one is teachin’ one
    We’ll come together so that we become
    A strong force, then we can stay on course
    Find your direction through introspection
    And for my people out there I got a question
    Can we be the sole controllers of our fate?
    Now who’s gonna take the weight?

    The weight of the world is heavy on my mind
    So as my feelings unwind I find
    That some try to be down just ’cause it’s trendy
    Others fall victim to envy
    But I’ll take the road less travelled
    So I can see all my hopes and my dreams unravel
    Relievin’ your stress, expressin’ my interest
    In the situation that you’re facin’
    That’s why I’m down with the Nation
    Spirituality supports reality
    We gotta fight with the right mentality
    So we can gain what is rightfully ours
    This is the meaning of the chain and the star
    Land is power, so gimme forty acres
    Let’s see how far I can take ya
    Original invincible
    That’s how I’m lookin’ at it
    I use my rhymes like a Glock automatic
    Any means necessary, I’m goin’ all out
    Before the rains bring the nuclear fallout
    So let me ask you, is it too late?
    Ayo, who’s gonna take the weight?

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  • This is related to agriculture…
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2022/05/29/cannabis-tourism-is-now-a-17-billion-industry-and-its-just-taking-off/

    The US led the war on drugs. However, the US seem more able to pivot away from the war on marijuana and to create marijuana businesses instead.

    Cannabis tourism and the welcome stamp would have been strong planks in a new economy.

    — I believe that those who were adversely affected by the ‘war on marjuana’ should be made whole before governments make a buck – expunge records, set some people free… compensate them …

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  • “Rattled and triggered” said the bitch assed joker

    “Neither” I said “Calling out bitches cunt scum is a daily operation..ladies and gentlment”

    the jazzy intro is sampled from Motherlode’s Black cat

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    “Anyone can enlighten me on this 1970’s Surinam scam?”

    yall too love to push ya scams to other people….no it was the Barbados SCAM sending their people unprepared into a land where there is a language barrier, at least let them take some Dutch courses first….a different culture, at least familiarize them with the culture….FIRST….make sure the governments accept these people with a view to them eventually getting Surinamese status instead of left in social and cultural limbo…

    and no, because you went to the RED LIGHT DISTRICT in Holland that you boasted about….that does not count as an assimilation into Dutch culture and language…

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    “I believe that those who were adversely affected by the ‘war on marjuana’ should be made whole before governments make a buck – expunge records, set some people free… compensate them …”

    That’s what ALL GOVERNMENTS are doing, making these people whole…..giving them first preference to engage and use the industry to turn around their lives, it’s phenomenal the things that are happening with forward-thinking governments…

    all except the self – righteous pretenders/predators in Barbados now under investigation by who knows how many countries…

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    I too was alive in the 70s and though only a child, aware enough, I thought, to know of this Suriname scam. I was wondering how I missed it.

    Seems like something I should have heard about.

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    That’s the problem with BU commenters….they know and hear everything, but, this information about those elderly Bajans sent back from Suriname was in the BARBADOS newspapers…..just about a year and half ago, not even 2… and i commented about it back then…check the archives…

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    actually…this Covid rah rah…took so long to play out and time went so fast…, it might even be 3 years….1 1/2 – 3 years, but not more than that…yall live on the island and don’t know A QUARTER of what ya dishonest deceitful governments do….those who live in the diaspora KNOW MORE THAN YOU…

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  • Oh shite! Uh gettin’ old in trut’.

    Now I am mixing up “councillor” with “counselor”.

    Oh dear!

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  • Looks like Mia digs into the Parliament archives digs up all the ole scams that never got of the ground or worked
    Bundle them together in a Christmas paper
    Toss them upward and hope enough stick for the people to get all excited
    The Guyanese proposal is another throw back from past administration
    This is the talk on social media how Guyana some time back had promised Barbados farmers land
    Nuff long talk short of quality and performance

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    And to think Mia went into Suriname…came back gushing about all the farming to be done there….but never ONCE mentioned the PLIGHT of those who went before…until what they experienced HIT THE NEWS….

    those people are a burden to the taxpayers because their government did not make the best deal for them in Suriname…so they returned to the island old, sick and penniless…

    Suriname is not the easiest place to get citizenship…Surinamese with children born outside the country, get a very hard time…,most fail to get status…their immigration laws are very rigid…but ya won’t hear that from the parliament..they will encourage you to go but don’t give any details…

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    Angela…although Bajan farmers would have to be careful still…at least they are more familiar with Guyanese culture, norms and Guyanese English is the dominant language spoken…although, given the government structure, i won’t encourage a fella to go anywhere..

    ..look to your own continent, ancestral lands, there are many and better opportunities available, once you do your research and due diligence..

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  • Let me add that the great Mighty Angelou Cox (mAC) did not mention scam in her emotive poetry. I used it but I was not the person who introduced it.
    MAM
    Sham
    Scam
    Flim-flam
    Plan
    Surinam
    That’s like having a full plate placed in front of a hungry man.

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    This happened a mere three weeks ago, so how come the BU see it all, hear it, and know it all, did not post it to the blog….what’s more important right along with food security….PROTECTING OUR BLACK CHILDREN two legged animals/predators…

    “CHILD SEX PROBE

    By Maria Bradshaw mariabradshaw@nationnews.com

    Police and the Ministry of Education are conducting investigations into a report made by a five-year-old boy that he was removed by a man from the primary school which he attends and sexually assaulted.

    The incident allegedly occurred three weeks ago at a St Michael primary school.

    When contacted Chief Education Officer Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw said: “Investigations into the matter have begun and are continuing.”

    Inspector Victor Forde, head of the Criminal Investigation Department likewise said investigations were also ongoing from their end.

    “A report was made on behalf of a five-year-old boy where there was an allegation of a sexual assault involving him near the compound of a school. The little boy in question was seen by the police and a first interview conducted in the presence of a person considered to be appropriate. Further investigations are being conducted in respect of that matter,” he stated.

    The Sunday Sun spoke to the father and grandmother of the child and both said that he complained that a man had held him by his hand while he was playing near the front of the school, took him to an area behind the school, put his hand to his mouth and sexually assaulted him.

    The upset father said the child revealed that the man was a “tall red man with glasses.”

    “I have been walking around asking people if they have seen anyone who fit that description hanging out around the school,” he pointed out.

    The child’s grandmother said the situation had traumatised the boy and his six-year-old sister, who also attends the school and who was the first person the child complained to, while their 28-year-old mother “had tripped out’ and was now hospitalised at the Psychiatric Hospital.

    She recalled that the incident happened on a day when the school closed early and parents were contacted to pick up their children.

    ‘Freaking out’ “My daughter went to the school to pick them up and the boy and he sister run to her and told her what happened. The little boy was freaking out,” she said, adding that her daughter took the child to a polyclinic and then to the police station.

    However, she lamented that the mother of three had a mental breakdown four days later.

    The grandmother also accused the school of not taking the report seriously.

    “I went to the school and the principal say the gate does be closed at all times after the children come into school and the guard does be there 24/7.

    “So I went back to the school, walk through the school and back out and the guard ain’t see me yet. I walk back into the school gate again and went to the bottom of the school and the guard only see me when he peep out looking for parents. The gate don’t be locked,” she cried, adding: “I had a witness in a car with me but them saying how it could not happen on the school grounds.”

    She said the next week she went to the Ministry of Education to discuss the transfer of the boy and his sister

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    From Page 1A.

    from the school and that was when she was informed by an officer that the school had not reported the incident to the ministry.

    “The school is not taking responsibility,” the grandmother cried, as she called for cameras to be installed at all schools.

    She said she had also conducted her own investigations around the school and had received reports that children had been complaining about a man lingering around and interfering with them.

    “I don’t feel as if we are getting any satisfaction,” she said, as she revealed that for several days after the incident people were combing the area around the school “hunting all through the tracks looking for that man. We have to find him somehow by the hook or the crook.”

    The grandmother said the incident had left the family in turmoil.

    “This thing put a nail through my heart. We are in a state because we don’t even know if the man was watching our movements when we does take the children to school and when we does pick them up. I don’t even know how to explain how this little boy getting on now,” she said, adding that the child was receiving the relevant counselling.”

    Chief Education Officer Dr Ramona Archer-Bradshaw told the Sunday Sun that the matter was being investigated by the ministry.

    (FP)

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    PROTECTING OUR BLACK CHILDREN FROM two legged animals/predators…

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    no name, no lock up, but it’s well known that a certain former government ministers has a brother that’s famous for that…but then plenty lowlife child sex predators/pedophiles are well known for stalking children at the primary and secondary schools, so it could be anyone…

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