A state-of-the-art agricultural storage and packing facility is critical to Barbados’ ability to earn added foreign exchange through the cruise tourism industry.
Cruise ship supplier Peter Jones said this operation would also make doing business more financially attractive to the cruise liners which docked here, and would halt their importation of containers of produce from Miami and Europe.
Jones told the MIDWEEK NATION fresh agricultural produce was in high demand and if cruise line executives and buyers regarded Barbados as a sustainable source for it, the island would not only be seen as a tourist destination but as a provisional point.
The supplier, whose business sources cucumbers, mint, basil, lettuce, chives, arugula, tarragon and coriander to supply to cruise ships, suggested the agricultural amenity should be privately run but facilitated by Government so farmers could gain special incentives and rebates. (SB)
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