Under a Democratic Labour Party government there
will definitely be a future for Agriculture. In the new world
of trade liberalization, Agriculture must be a critical part
of any country's development. We must seek to feed ourselves
and save foreign exchange by reducing our food import bill.
also provides a means of employment that cannot be discounted.
A DLP Government will ensure that there is a link between
our agricultural policy and our land policy. We therefore
recommit ourselves to the process of diversification, and
we will provide the fiscal incentives necessary for this policy
Labour Party believes that the Barbados Agriculture Society
has a critical role to play in the development of our agricultural
industry. We will therefore:
the subsidy to the BAS
the number of trained extension officers to work with the
the Society with the necessary tools and technology for
it to fulfill its mandate.
rebuild Fairchild Street Market
VEGETABLES & FRUIT PRODUCTION
Democratic Labour Party Government will:
30,000 acres of good agricultural land for food crop production
by requiring Parliamentary approval for change of use.
the further development of organic farming, by providing
start-up loans. These farms can be profitable on small acreages
the marketing of organic fruit and vegetables within their
niche markets and the tourism industry.
land in the Scotland district and other hilly areas, available
to local farmers (traditional and non-traditional),for the
development of fruit orchards.
increased output by small farmers, by providing all the
technical and research necessary for such. One aspect of
such output will depend on a primary processing facility
- for the processing of raw materials.
international assistance in setting up a modern cost effective
processing facility with private sector (farmers) involvement.
local agro-processors and cottage industries with the marketing,
regionally and internationally for their products. For example,
hot sauce, guava cheese, jams and jellies.
Labour Party believes that sugar production must continue
to be a part of the country's agriculture for several reasons.
Some of these are:
a grass, it controls soil erosion and protects the physical
significant employment, that is sustainable.
possibility of producing multiple by-products, most notably
restructure the sugar industry. Increase the output to 60,000
tons maximum of sugar.
support for rum, and other byproducts of sugar cane through
tourism marketing drives.
incentives to small farmers to encourage sugar cultivation
such as assistance with transportation, inputs at special
prices, as well as offer machines to load canes
medium/long term loans at subsidised interest rates. Loan
payments will be seasonal and not monthly.
a DLP administration, this sector will be encouraged to produce
quality meat for Barbadian families. We will promote and encourage
relationships between the agricultural sector and the tourism
growth and development in the livestock sector, a DLP Government
15,000 acres for livestock (dairy, beef, sheep, pigs).
and modernize the Southern Meats Abattoir, invite farmers'
organizations and/or cooperatives to participate in the
equity financing and
management of the project and acquire 100% ownership, with
Government's original investment as a long term Capital
a National Health and Food Safety Authority, which would
among other things:
back-yard slaughtering to ensure that only inspected
meat makes its way to Barbadians' tables.
the growing and labeling of organic crops to ensure
that what is marketed as such, meets the established
and develop standards for the importation and labeling
of Genetically Modified Foods.
incentives to farmers to preserve female animals to be used
for reproductive purposes in pig and sheep farming.
financial assistance to sheep farmers to expand their black
an aggressive marketing programme for the sale and consumption
of local lamb and mutton, after the production quotas reach
the necessary incentives for the pig industry to expand
to meet curre and future demand.
research in appropriate breeds and the use of artificial
insemination to boost pig production.
new wells across the county to catch run off water for use
irrigation in arable areas currently run by BADMC and expand
it where appropriate to areas outside the traditional agricultural
a special "agriculture rate" with the Barbados
Water Authority, to be charged to registered farmers who
are unable to access irrigation.
BADMC lands where appropriate and sub-divide with lots varying
in size from 25 acres to 1/2 acre.
Agriculture as a subject area at some secondary schools
as we move toward specialization in education.
will be an integral part of our RESTART (rehabilitative)
and our JUMPSTART (adult education) programmes.
is need for a complete overhaul of the industry and the DLP
will provide the necessary incentives and subsidies to revitalize
IDLE LAND PROGRAMME
properties have been going out of cultivation for a variety
of reasons. In order to redress this trend, a Democratic Labour
Party will embark on a policy where persons will lease idle
land to Government who will in turn lease those lands to the
landless for farming for a period. After the lease period,
the land will return to the owner if he/she so desires. This
will remove the risk of persons losing their land.
land is leased under this arrangement, only a chattel or
mobile home will be allowed on these lands.
with the Rastafarian community and other groups like the
4H clubs to bring idle lands into production.
support services to these groups in terms of technical and
continue to be an important part of the economy. In addition
to being a source of food, it provides employment, saves and
earns foreign exchange. We therefore re-commit to modernizing
the industry, and making it more efficient by improving the
environment and infrastructure in which it functions.
to seek a mutually satisfactory fishing agreement with,
Caribbean countries, especially Trinidad and Tobago.
improvement of facilities at Six Mens, Reeds Bay and Tent
the Jetty at Oistins and the Bridgetown Fisheries complex
the Fisheries Act in order to: improve regulations and safety
at sea; conserve and protect the marine reserves and improve
fish handling practices.
and expand training and training facilities. Emphasis will
be placed on fishing gear technology, new techniques, boat
and engine maintenance, navigational techniques and safety
practices, proper fish handling techniques, and conservation
of the marine life.
- Our JUMPSTART adult education programme will be used
to teach the above courses in fisheries.
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