UWI looks to diversify

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, is embarking on a multimillion-dollar agricultural project that will transform the agriculture industry.

 With the help of the Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship, UWI will be utilising 28.5 acres of land on Dukes Plantation to construct a state-of-the-art agro-business park that will encompass a number of agronomic aspects.The project was highlighted by the principal of the campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau, Saturday as she addressed an audience at the Centre for Food Security & Entrepreneurship Exquisite Local and Caribbean Product launch held at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St James.

During her speech she said that a modern approach to agriculture was needed to show how far the industry could be developed.

Read more at: Barbados Nation

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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Needed: Regional strategic plan for agriculture

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While work has been done to articulate the vision for agriculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a senior CARICOM Secretariat officials wants the Region to develop a regional strategic plan for agriculture.

Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat stressed that the Region had to treat agriculture as a business and not as a tool for social engineering for excess labour. The Community needed to become competitive in agriculture, he pointed out. (more…)

Jamaican agri-preneur makes bees his business

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The Youth and Agriculture Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat are collaborating to have a Youth Pavilion during the upcoming Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Cayman Islands,  24-28 October 2016. There will be ten youth entrepreneurs exhibiting at the Youth Pavilion during the CWA.

As promised, we are highlighting the youth who will be participating in the exhibition.

Today’s agri-preneur is Duhaje Jennings who has been making bees his business for nine years. Dada B’s is a bee production business that currently has 10 apiary sites. Most of the products are sold wholesale to middle men who supply hotels. The remaining products are sold to supermarkets and small shops.  Currently there are two full-time employees who assist in all aspects of the operation except marketing and sales.

Duhaje’s vision for Dada B’s is to make it one of the Caribbean’s largest agricultural producer and food manufacturer. He says it mission is to to provide value-added agricultural products in response to a growing world-wide demand. (more…)