NASSAU, The Bahamas — The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s Farmers Empowerment Workshop series swept through Long Island recently.

The team was led by Deputy General Manager Don L. Major and included Agricultural Manager, LaMonica Glinton; Senior Business Advisory Services Officer, Tonjia Burrows and Maurice Minnis, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ Agricultural Manager for Long Island.

Designed by Deputy Director of Agriculture Stan Smith, the workshop was part of BAIC and the Ministry’s “campaign to end the cycle of glut and famine historically experienced in The Bahamas,” Mr. Major said.

Sessions were held in the towns of Buckley’s and Simms’.

Farmers and producers were encouraged to learn greenhouse technology as The Bahamas moves towards greater food security.

They were told that as farming was a business, success or failure depended on them.

Nevertheless, Mr. Major assured them that they could count on BAIC’s “active assistance. We will not sit idly by while farmers and producers struggle to market their wares.”

Agricultural Officer, Ms. Glinton, told of a national inventory of produce and livestock.

“This information will allow authorities to ascertain who was producing what, in what quantities, and when ready for harvesting,” she said. “It will enable them to network with and match buyers and sellers on a national basis.”



NASSAU, The Bahamas — A sample of Long Island’s livestock. (BIS photo/Gladstone Thurston)


NASSAU, The Bahamas — BAIC’s Farmer’s Empowerment Workshop was well received by Long Islanders. (BIS photo/Gladstone Thurston)