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Focus on agriculture

Wade Gibbons

Focus on agriculture

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Contrary to suggestions by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Government is paying significant attention to the small business sector and agriculture, says Government backbencher James Paul.
During his contribution to the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure 2011-2012 in the House of Assembly yesterday, Paul said there was evidence of growth in non-sugar agriculture as the Democratic Labour Party administration sought to push development strategies other than services and tourism.
He said as Government attempted to drive the productive sectors forward, there was a new emphasis on agriculture and manufacturing. He noted Government was also seeking to forge linkages between the small business and manufacturing sectors.
He said the BLP Government had ignored the role small businesses could play in positively impacting on employment. He added the BLP never treated small farming enterprises as businesses. Paul charged that the Opposition was attempting to create unnecessary panic in the island. He said much ado had been made about Government’s borrowing, but noted it was a feature of governance in small economies and the means to finance projects.
The chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society stressed there was a need to spend more time on food promotion and marketing Barbadian products.
He called on Barbadians to give their full support to local food products.