Agriculture…It’s All We Really Have

Submitted by Old Onions Bag

David Estwick, Minister of Agriculture

Yes Barbados, it’s all we really have and cancould be the way forward. That is if we act NOW.  The Food index as predicted, rose last week. We are continually being told of a corn shortage in the future.  Corn is a feed all, both people and animals. Why don’t we see stockpiling of the seed and a renewed revolutionize  planting thrust in progress around the country side ? Why Why ?

We have sweet potatoes and yams. I would hope some stockpiling is going on now in times of plenty. Is this not what taking advantage of fore-knowledge is all about ? “To be fore-warned is to be fore armed.”
By now with all these warnings (for about eight months now) we are not seeing the Ministry of Agriculture engaged in the necessary action…we should be seeing  purchasing of tractors and ploughing equipment (stockpiling of spares) now they are still relatively cheap. If we are wrong.. Mr. Estwick should be advising us what is being done. The silence from him and others is deafening.

Why are we waiting for the GREAT SHORTAGE to start before we act? Why?  Is it that we don’t believe there will be a shortage? Predictive indicators are showing  and correctly …a time of shortage is coming and not very far away. Wake up Barbados…ACT NOW ! We should be planting. Agriculture is all we have and can be our saviour.

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91 Comments on “Agriculture…It’s All We Really Have”

  1. old onion bags July 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM #

    Thanks David…….here is the article Mr. Minister…..submitted back in February 2012


  2. old onion bags August 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM #

    Mr. Estwick…..I have written this article since February….this is watlessless now..We still have time……the plan is for the prices of agricultural commodities to skyrocket…..I AM NOT A PROPHET OF DOOM NOR GLOOM..get up off your arse and do what we put you there to do..WORK !


  3. old onion bags August 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

    Mr. Minister
    What has become of the 5 tractors….that were supposedly on order…DEM reach yet ? Or was that like Benn, bare bogus slack talk?


  4. old onion bags August 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy
    As Senator Chandler pointed out it would take a good “share’ of starvation to bring us to a state of reality.
    The Good Senator could very well be RIGHT!


  5. old onion bags August 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM #

    Just a redirect………Minister got D Horn Blower treatment eva sense… sent out since February…why if he was listening….by now we would be seeing crops..What 5 tractors coming ?

    SOS Thread.Aug.2012


  6. millertheanunnaki August 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

    @ old onion bags | August 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM |

    Onions, and to think that the DLP was exceedingly critical of the agricultural sector and its performance under the BLP!
    What have they done for agriculture to justify their coming to office? This is one sector that they can’t blame the international recession on. As a matter of fact the same recession should have acted as a fillip or catalyst to spur local production and serious changes to the Praedial Larceny Act. The only thing this government got to show for agriculture is James Paul belching hot air and the Ministry being used as a political graveyard for Estwick. If your man Fumble was a real political tactician and really showed he learnt from Cammie he would have reshuffled his Cabinet and let Chris the Unclear prove himself in this vital industry and allow Estwick to achieve his dreams. But Mr. Fumble let down his good friend the doc’s dead brother and as a result he would be haunted by the ghosts of both TE and DT at his coming electoral funeral.
    I would hate to see the Senator’s word come true but seeing what is happening with sugar nothing is surprising with this incompetent administration which has resorted to begging for second term to totally destroy this country.


  7. old onion bags September 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM #

    Hey !….has anyone seen or heard anything of 5 spanking new John Deere tractors which were supposed to restart some sorta new agricultural thrust as promised by Dr.Estwick ? Why since February we been hollaring like prairie dogs on BU …..of shortages of corn and seed coming (intro)….but nay…not a farthing….why if yams and potatoes were planted then we would be reaping. Now we hear again….as predicted BRACE….coy coy.


  8. Hants September 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM #

    @old onion bags,

    Page 1 of BarbadosToday……..sweeeeet.


  9. Colonel Buggy September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM #

    But isn’t it a shame that we have warehouses stacked to the roof with beer, and comparatively very little food stuff in reserve.
    Why is there a shortage of wheat and corn in the USA .On a visit to one of the agricultural belts a few years ago, an associate pointed out to me the number of extra silos that farmers had to put in place to deal with the glut of output due to GM. Some of these farmers, I was told, had to seek employment in the city,as the mountain of wheat and corn and soya were not moving. Is the USA now doing like the EU and creating artificial shortages by taking much of these products out of circulation, and eventually passing them on to Russia and China?


  10. old onion bags September 7, 2012 at 6:44 AM #

    Is the USA now doing like the EU and creating artificial shortages by taking much of these products out of circulation, and eventually passing them on to Russia and China?
    Messing up the financial markets has not worked completely… they trying planned food crop manipulations….In all …an attempt to re gain prowess and on a ONE WORLD GOVT…..coming out of the chaos.” Amrecuua the harlot.”Babylon the unmerciful”…..quite engaging..rock to the legs of iron, with dispatch….no meteorite.


  11. old onion bags October 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM #

    Listening to Q FM (on now)..I heard that corn moved from $3.50 bushel…to now $7.50 Bushel……Mr. Min. where are the 5 tractors that were coming to plough? Why havent we planted up some corn fields yet and started stock piling seed?..WHAT ARE WE WAITING ON???

    COME ON MAN…are we waiting for the LAST MINUTE….cheezon breds!


  12. old onion bags October 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

    What does a Min Agriculture do nowadays anyway?…..What what..?


  13. millertheanunnaki October 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

    @ old onion bags | October 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM |

    We are waiting for the words of Senator Chandler to come true. Starvation will be the Mother Saviour of local agriculture. Just a matter of time, Onions.! When the Iran/Israel inevitable conflagration erupts many will be running to squat on the CLICO lands for sustenance.
    You should advise the Minister to stock up the seed bank but not with the Monsanto varieties since he will be buying a eunuch in a bag.


  14. old onion bags May 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM #


    The rains are comin …Is time to plant…order in the tractors..put people to work..start lowerin D food import Bill….WHAT YA WAITIN ON ?


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