Introducing banana pasta

Tonya Ifill preparing another batch of green bananas. (Photo by Ricardo Leacock via Barbados Nation)
Tonya Ifill preparing another batch of green bananas. (Photo by Ricardo Leacock via Barbados Nation)
‘Anything you do with normal flour you can do with banana flour. You are replacing the white flour with a healthy alternative. It has a sweet taste but there’s no sugar. I’ve found that when you dry out products, you get a little sweetness.’ – Tonya Ifill
IF ONE ENTREPRENEUR has her way, more consumers will be setting aside their wheat, cassava and sweet potato products for those made with green bananas.

Tonya Ifill, owner and operator of Carlesa’s Enterprises pioneered flour and pasta made from the unripened fruit. Ifill was attending Agrofest when she spoke with BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY.

She got the idea while participating in an agro-processing course at the Guyana School of Agriculture. As a group project, participants had to come up with a product that was new to the South American country.

“I did sweet potato and brown rice pasta and got my cousin to export a pasta machine from Canada and I was ready. When I came back [to Barbados], I was looking for something different to work with instead of the same sweet potato and cassava. I researched green bananas, asked around for some and started my trials and it took off from there,” she said.

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Guyana’s farmers can contribute to regional food security – President David Granger


By His Excellency David A Granger MSS

The world is likely to face a food crisis by 2050 unless agricultural production increases. The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that there will be an additional two billion mouths to feed in the world within the next thirty-five years. The growth of the world’s population along with increased urbanisation is expected to increase the demand for agricultural produce by some 70 per cent by 2050.

The ability of many countries to meet this demand will be affected by climate change. The global phenomenon of climate change is resulting in increased desertification and the depletion of freshwater supplies.

Guyana’s abundance of land and freshwater supplies for agricultural purposes places it in an enviable position to take advantage of the increased demand for food globally.

Opportunities for increased agricultural markets exist within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Region’s agriculture’s sector share of Gross Development Product (GDP) declined from 13 percent to 7 percent, over the last 25 years.

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GNBS will adopt CARICOM Poultry Standard as National Standard

Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lloyd David. (Photo via GINA)
Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lloyd David. (Photo via GINA)

The Guyana National Bureau (GNBS), which is under the purview of the Ministry of Business, is currently in the process of adopting the CARICOM Regional Standard Specification for Poultry and Poultry Products as a National Standard. This standard, which will be made mandatory, will ensure that specified poultry meats, whether imported or locally produced, are meeting requirements that guarantee wholesomeness for public consumption.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the GNBS, Lloyd David said that the standard, was developed in 2012, under the authority of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). This new poultry standard gives regulatory oversight of poultry and poultry products in the Caribbean and it is necessary to facilitate trade of this commodity among Member States of CARICOM, David said.

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Overseas assistance to help grow Guyana coconut industry

Guyana’s coconut industry is expected to expand significantly in 2017. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently engaged with its counterparts in Mexico and Brazil to acquire elite planting materials to sustain the growth in the local industry.

Coconut and coconut-based food and by products gained prominence in Guyana during 2016.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, Dr. Oudho Homenauth, said that coconut is a major non-traditional export crop which brought in approximately $5M US in revenue over the past five years.

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