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Monday, 07 July 2014

Bahamas to gain major agricultural bisuness

THE government is in the process of approving an application for a major agricultural enterprise in Grand Bahama that could significantly help to decrease the country’s dependency on food imports.
The Bahamas imports over $1bn worth of food every year and Prime Minister Perry Christie believes it would be the first major effort in addressing the food importation issue.
While in Grand Bahama on Monday, the Prime Minister revealed that an investor in the tourism industry has made an application to government for development of an agriculture production and processing venture.
“We are in the process of settling an application for a huge agriculture enterprise which has been promised for a long time,” he said.“The only concern I have with the application in Grand Bahama for the agricultural enterprise is the amount of land that they want would be enough to feed the whole Bahamas, and I can’t allow that because we want to be able to use them to incentivise Bahamians to join them down here.”
Food security is a major concern as the Bahamas imports about 90 per cent of the food its consumes. Earlier this year, Godfrey Eneas, a consultant with the Ministry of Agriculture, expressed concerns about the food deficit issue and the country’s dependency on imports. He said the Bahamas can no longer depend on others to feed it.
Former Agriculture Minister Pierre Dupuch and Grand Bahama human rights activist Joseph Darville were staunch in their call for the development of the agriculture sector.
Mr Darville, who has been agitating for many years, had stressed that tremendous focus should be given to agriculture.
Mr Christie said the agriculture venture will also seek to produce processed foods for animals and fish and stressed that he is committed to bringing focus to the economy of Grand Bahama.
He noted that his government is trying to facilitate strong developments in the tourism sector in Grand Bahama.

Source: tribune242.com

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