BAJAN CULTURE: Govt support behind flowers and blooms
GOVERNMENT IS THROWING its support behind the cut flower and ornamental industry as part of its medium term strategy for agriculture.
Acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Patson Alleyne, outlined some of the ministry’s initiatives on Friday night during the launch of the 2011 Barbados Orchid Show, Spirits And Rhythms, at the Barbados Horticultural Society, Balls Plantation, Christ Church.
Alleyne identified activities such as enhancing the flower project; collaborating with the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute and utilizing the propagation facilities at the tissue culture laboratories.
“Continue to be creative, innovative and open-minded and you will discover learning in virtually every new experience, whether or yourself, your team or your organization.
“One day you may enhance Barbados’ place on the international map of orchid expertise and reinforce our position as a centre for horticultural excellence,” he said.
This year’s orchid show featured an American Orchid Society First Class Certificate winner, an Angraecum Lemforde White Beauty, which was a first for Barbados.