We Need to Integrate Waste Disposal and Agriculture

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Composting

Composting

Gale and her family paid a visit to my farm at Bairds village recently. She was the usual type of visitor. She proceeded to share that she has done some research and is very interested in agriculture for food production at home. It is the usual type of thing I hear. Many people  are curious about aquaponics and are surprised to find a working system in Barbados and always take the opportunity and visit. I always welcome, this particular visitor. Gale asked all the usual questions but when she asked – why is there not a culture of domestic food production in Barbados because we have very conducive weather , the answer hit me.

We have free garbage collection; it’s that simple, free disposal of all our organic waste means we throw away that valuable resource that should be used to make compost we are sending it straight to the landfills. Compost is the absolute key to every productive kitchen garden, it has the ability to sustain a large population of micro life forms in the soil, without it you get very poor results. When you sweep your house you sweep out dirt, it has all the constituents of soil yet you can sense it has no life and could not even grow elephant grass, then look at real soil, same materials but the micro heard is alive and active, so it sticks together, it holds water, and most importantly grows food. These microscopic critters take care of our plants root zone and provide the conditions that promote active plant growth.

There is an imperative need for Barbadians to become aware of wastage as a society and I think a small fee should be put on waste collection, or just privatize the thing (joke), but it is one place social reform would get a lot of bang for the buck. I want to see Barbados feed itself. This would be a good step in that direction.

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  1. RA April 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM #

    Good post! Composting is essential to replenish soil that has supported monoculture (ie sugar cane) for decades. Permaculture, aquaponics and clean, commercial scale, inland aquaculture is the future of food in the Caribbean region. I read the research paper prepared by mcgill university and bellairs several years ago and remain heartened that aquaponics is still alive and well in Bim. Expansion of the aquaculture sector in Bim is long overdue…with it must come incentives to use renewable energy sources in order to reduce costly petroleum based inputs. Thanks again for this post.

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  2. David April 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM #

    Has the government mentioned or incentivised this approach to agriculture (home gardening)? It seems all we get is talk. Pushing alternative energy and technology driven agriculture should go hand hand. Instead all we hear about is tourism and international business. Granted we need these two sectors but we need to diversify as a security and mitigating strategy.

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  3. JULIA April 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM #

    I’ve been thinking a lot about kick-starting domestic agriculture on the home level and the more I envisage how this could work, the more I believe we need to look at it from the other end. Rather than set up a system from a commercial, governement or funded angle and have the youth take part, perhaps we should set up the youth in their own back yards and send those who know how TO THEM..to help them set it up right, right on the spot with composting areas, teaching the backyard agriculturalist about natural pest-control plants and showing them how to integrate these when planning their kitchen gardens, helping them plan and organise…teaching why and how, inspiring and motivating, sharing ideas, problem-solving together, giving the skills to ensure successful efforts, helping them succeed in feeding their families, encouraging community involvement and educating them in the business aspects of growing a backyard business. So rather than a land investment, there is a knowledge investment – people helping people with their time and knowledge…getting other small businesses and people to help with soils, seeds and basic supplies – a very small contribution really and this could be community-centred. When you invest in education and monitor its progress, you teach the man “how to fish” and he has a vested interest in sustaining his environment and a community sees the benefits and starts to look after itself and protect its efforts. The great prizes would not just be more food but the skill to grow it successfully, building on the natural entrepreneurship mindset that is inherent to most Bajans and the great sense of self-worth which seeing what you can do with your own two hands, will foster. We are people rich in BIM and it costs little more than time to share knowledge; in these times I believe we should all be thinking about how we can give back so that we can all survive and this is one way that is a win-win however you look at it. Its all about the synergy and starting simple…just a thought…

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  4. Pat April 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM #

    All very good posts. I have been composting for years. What is also important for the home gardener, to get maximum yields, is companion planting. This is a system of planting herbs, flowers or other vegetables beside or near others to keep bugs away, increase production, etc. Crop rotation is also essential.

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  5. Alvin Cummins April 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    @David
    Even in my old age my memory is still good and I can’t understand how people forget things that are before them. Government and private enterprise have constructed a waste separation plant at Vaucluse, I think it cost almost thirty million dollars., that not only separates garbage into reusable and compostable, but composts, things like coconut shells etc, and packages and sells compost. If you go to the hardware stores you can get compost made at this plant. Instead of getting on as if the country is so backward, carefull enquiry would show that these things are already here but are not supported by the general population because they forget that these things are in existence. As far as the teaching is concerned, don’t the children get such instructions at school where every primary school has a kitchen garden where they grow vegetables etc? there are many 4H clubs around the island are these things taught there? And David, why is there always talk about giving people “incentives” to get things done. If I want to save which should be my incentive, and want to bathe in warm water, that should be my other “incentive” to get a solar water heater. If I don’t have all the money then I should look toward a loan, not an “incentive” grant of funds.

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  6. Alvin Cummins April 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM #

    @David,
    By the way, didn’t the BLP government during its term in office push this aspect of home gardening? Didn’t OSA even come out and indicate his interest in home gardening and encourage the people to do this? How quickly we conveniently forget. When government (DLP or BLP) speaks people conveniently shut their ears and adopt a negative attitude toward it.The present government has been doing what you suggest, and have it in
    their long term plans. Have you already “conveniently” forgotten this?

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  7. Hants April 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM #

    David wrote “Has the government mentioned or incentivised this approach to agriculture (home gardening)?”

    Please tell me why GOVERNMENT has to incentivise people to grow vegetables in a kitchen garden?

    There is some incentivisation coming soon. It is called the Inevitability of a lack of imported food due to insufficent forex.

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  8. David April 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    @Hants

    For the same reason that we have public morality laws on the books.

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  9. Hants April 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    David do the primary schools still have kitchen gardens?

    Teach the children how to grow vegetables at primary school and they won’t forget when they become adults.

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  10. island guy April 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Alvin you are correct about the plant . I think a truck load of this compose is about $85 .

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  11. old onion bags April 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    Where the FIVE (5) John Deere tractors Mr. Minister? Like pulling teeth this one, when the head Ministry has adopted a pragmatic approach to all that’s left to feed us…Take a look at Guyana for some directives….surely we must give agriculture some worthy consideration NOW ! Alvin you need to call Estwick personally and talk some sense into him…

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  12. old onion bags April 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Corr; Less than pragmatic approach

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  13. islandgal246 April 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

    island guy | April 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM |

    Alvin you are correct about the plant . I think a truck load of this compose is about $85 .

    Island guy …where you just come from? I would really like to meet you. We could meet at The ackee tree for a drink. Interested? Doan let Bushie and lemmie know so keep it quiet.

    To whom it may concern..Island guy is not related to me Islandgal in any way form or fashion!

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  14. islandgal246 April 20, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

    Hants I agree with you!
    My first memories of gardening was growing my own corn next to my mother’s garden at home. The thrill of seeing the corn poke through the soil and watching it grow. Then the excitement of seeing baby corn silk and feeling for the corn ear. The sweetest part was harvesting the corn and throwing it into a pot of boiling salt water, spreading some butter on the hot corn and sinking my teeth into it.

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  15. Hants April 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

    David the people who need help from Government are the poor and those with small plots or living in housing schemes.

    The middle class will get dirt on their hands when the supermarket shelves are empty.

    Composting is a great idea as is growing your own food.

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  16. David April 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    @Hants

    Some schools take gardening more seriously than others. A few schools may have a couple ‘beds’ or plastic drums which are tilled mainly by teachers/school helpers. As usual you cut to the chase. There is no sense of importance generated by agriculture activity at primary school level, the result is therefore obvious.

    @Alvin

    Spoken like a CCM. This government has entered its sixth year and the agriculture landscape remains the same, no sense of direction or energy.

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  17. David April 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

    @Hants

    Your last comment is correct of course BUT the prevailing view (and mindset of many Barbadians) preached by the intelligentsia is that it is cheaper for Barbados to buy/import food.

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  18. Hants April 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM #

    @islandgal246,
    You started early and look where it get you.
    You can be self sufficient if things get bad.

    You can trade some veggies for fish from Old onion bags.lol

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  19. Hants April 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    david wrote “preached by the intelligentsia is that it is cheaper for Barbados to buy/import food.”

    I have no doubt they are correct but what will they do when there is no forex to buy food from overseas?

    Food security is the best hedge against the difficulties facing Barbados.

    We are not discussing some mega project for Agriculture. We are talking about a viable way for ordinary people to improve their lives.

    Even if they are lazy like me they can still plant things that grow with very little effort.Passion fruit,bonavist pun de palin and pumpins. pelt some seeds during the rainy season and you might get lucky.

    When I was a boy my mother used to grow, lettuce,thyme,tomatoes,carrots and beets in one little garden.
    It ain’t difficult.

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  20. islandgal246 April 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

    My great grand father George Ogilvie was a cocoa and nutmeg farmer in Grenada and owned an estate in the parish St. Andrews. Sadly today the estate is still there but vacant and not in production. The heirs my cousins, are not sure what they are going to do with it. Many of them live over an away.

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  21. islandgal246 April 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

    So my love for the land started when I was a toddler.

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  22. Gabriel Tackle April 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    @Alvin
    ….the present Government has been doing what you suggest and have it in their long term plans…..
    Of what long term plans do you write?This marking- time administration with
    its razor thin majority is more concerned about the numbers game and thus survival in an assembly of hostile opposing members.

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  23. Hants April 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    Gabriel Tackle wrote “its razor thin majority is more concerned about the numbers game and thus survival”

    That is the single most important thing for them to do. The voters of Barbados elected the DLP to govern the country for the next 5 years.
    For the next 5 years the BLP can oppose and build credibility that would win them the next election.

    Wunna have lots of time to plan.

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  24. Hants April 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    Back to the topic at hand.

    There is a clear opportunity for Bajans to help themselves. It is interesting that Bajans living in Canada growing vegetables and even strawberries during the months of May to September.

    Wunna got all year to grow food. something wrong with that picture.

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  25. Joyce F April 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

    How can one deter monkeys?

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  26. Well Well April 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

    Hants………….you don’t know the half of it, it’s a tiring subject so my input will be brief. On one of my visits to Bim, a relative of mine was doing some Cape subjects at Harrison College, I noticed there was an empty greenhouse, huge for the size of the school…………..I naturally wanted to know why it was neglected, i understand the government had poured alot of money into it, after all HC, yet it was just sitting their unused, I was told the kids were not interested.

    I donated some seedlings to Ellerslie Secondary school in Black Rock, they were grateful and have a lovely garden.

    Seven Day Adventist School has a lovely kitchen garden on a small plot, I also donated to them (no I am not seventh day adventist).

    The stigma and stereo type attached to growing your own food in Barbados still stands, i saw an article with my own eyes, Haynesley Benn, who was at one time Min of Agriculture, as well as being responsible for 4H Clubs on the island, saying it was cheaper to import the garbage they call food in Bim than to grow it, then there is the problem of praedial larceny where it is a national past time to steal your neighbors vegetables because they are there, I wonder what he thinks about that dumb statement now…………..Does anyone really think these so called elite school kids would want to sully their hands with mud?
    These kids are still being taught that growing their own food for their own consumption makes them look like slaves. As I said a very tiring subject for me, because I did try to make some people see, including politicians, until i just got fed up……………..i need to enjoy my life without stress and hassle from stupid people. I don’t think anyone can live long enough to educate these people, it will take massive starvation and like Hants said empty supermarket shelves with most supermarkets closed, then they will learn common sense. Hunger is a great teacher.

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  27. Well Well April 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM #

    Joyce……there are covers to deter monkeys…..

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  28. Hants April 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM #

    Nuh problems fuh Bajans yet.

    Supacenta even got IMPORTED GOLDEN APPLES advertise pun duh website.

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  29. Well Well April 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM #

    Hants……………The golden apples in Barbados are amongst the sweetest i have ever eaten, I heard with my own ears officials from Min of Agriculture including ministers talking for hours about exporting the juice or apples themselves ra ra ra, back in 2009, why am i not surprised that they are now importing the apples that they don’t need.

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  30. David April 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    Alvin will not want to read this comment but anybody living in Barbados will come to the quick realization that there is not a sense of urgency by decision makers and citizens alike. Just last week the IMF warned that there is danger of contagion because of systemic risk in the Caribbean given the economic problems associated with so many countries.

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  31. old onion bags April 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

    Best way to rid of monkeys is chicken manure …or some awful smelly stuff like a dead chicken…..or shoot one and leave it….

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  32. Well Well April 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM #

    Old Onions…………..you can’t shoot the monkey……….remember what four seasons brainiacs did with the monkey’s habitat in Black Rock, caused dislocation of the monkey and they reeked havoc…….heard the monkeys are back in their habitat cause of course there is no more four seasons.

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  33. islandguy April 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM #

    islandgal246 sure why not , i am usually an observer but i had to stay on this one .
    Don’t let the fellows stress you. islandgal246.

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  34. islandguy April 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

    say something

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  35. islandgal246 April 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM #

    Oooooh …islandguy thank you wink wink….you too sweet. Bushie tek dat!

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  36. Bush Tea April 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    Who the hell is this Islandguy now…?
    …between Lemuel, Pieceahderock, and now this Islandperson, tek care Bushie don’t gotta get lockup fuh one ah wunna…!!

    ..Too besides…the DPP does accept manslaughter pleas real easy….so don’t temp Bushie.

    @ Islandguy….
    Bush Tea highly recommends that you arrange a date instead with another blogger here called “ac”…
    …no need to thank the bushman, …but you will need a US visa soon, cause you will definitely be traveling to Arizona quite soon….

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  37. Pan Cart Man April 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM #

    @ Bushie

    You ever see a 3 foot pig yet? Take my foolish advise, one of them legs done get bite off. Cou cou in a soursop bowl.LOL

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  38. Colonel Buggy April 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

    We ,and that include the government, are very good at talking agriculture. I learned that many years ago when my grandfather was a manager of a small plantation and his son a politician. One night while the politician and his cronies were discussing agriculture,or rather talking crap, my grandfather intervened to put them right, and was told in no uncertain terms,”Shut up, old man you don’t know what you are talking about.”
    This has been the mantra of politicians through the years,relating to agriculture,and in recent times backed up by the so called technocrats, produce of UWI. .

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  39. Colonel Buggy April 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM #

    @Pat
    I recall when my father and other gardeners in the area, used to border the garden beds with other plants, and the Leek was one of them. Also grown nearby were plants such as Tumeric, Ginger and Arrowroot.

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  40. Colonel Buggy April 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM #

    @Well Well
    You should know by now that when the politicians attend speech days at the older secondary schools the emphasis is on doctors, lawyers, prime minsters and the like, its only when, and if , they Grantley Adams, Princess Margaret or St George secondary, that the subject of agriculture crops up.

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  41. Colonel Buggy April 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

    Colonel Buggy | April 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM |
    the last lines in the last post should read
    “…Its only when and if, they visit Grantley Adams, Princess Margaret etc etc …………..”

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  42. Bush Tea April 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM #

    @ Pan Cart Man
    Cuhdear, explain ya self nuh…
    Those parables sound interesting…

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  43. Gabriel Tackle April 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

    I have concluded that all we have learned as a subject colonial people is not at all bad.All of what you contributors have posted is what was part of the Primary school curriculum.All Primary schools had a kitchen garden attached and all students were required to plant,water,and otherwise care for the garden.Our’s was enclosed and set apart from the school and we were required to walk about 200 yards to its location.When the master turned his back we’d pluck a carrot,hastily remove the soil and eat it as Sparrow sings ‘in less than no time’.My point however is that the education system of old encouraged self sufficiency in agriculture and students were encouraged to plant fruit and veggies as well as rear animals,commonly referred to as stock(s).These were the look- down- upon- and- frown- old- colonial days which made most of us men of substance.The education system made sense.Attend Primary school in your district and Grammar school or Technical school nearest to your home.For many of us that was in Bridgetown.Without being frivolous, teachers are now occupied with removing Principals and have no time for imparting knowledge
    any longer.

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  44. Colonel Buggy April 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

    I remembered a St Thomas School, South Borough Boy’s (Clifton Hill) used to secure many a top prize at the Annual Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition.This is a school which set the early education for a future Bishop and a Brigadier.
    West St Joseph SM , not only had a large kitchen garden. It also kept pigs, sheep and Chickens,and part of the training was Bookkeeping,where every cent coming or going out had to be accounted for.

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  45. islandgal246 April 21, 2013 at 6:56 AM #

    “Hunger is a great teacher.”

    Well Well that is very true, it may teach some of us to grow our food and it will teach some of us to go thief our food.

    Pan Cart Man …you are too funny and yuh right yuh neva see a three foot pig! Bushie ent know eff it is he wun get cut off. LOLL

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  46. islandgal246 April 21, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Bushie Reggae pon the hill like it gine get wash way like las year. I ent gine dere tah get muh nice new yella outfit durty. Lawd we need de rain BUT not pon a day like today. Sob sob….. sniff sniff.

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  47. Ready done April 21, 2013 at 8:01 AM #

    I am pleasantly surprised to see so much people interested in agriculture. WE must do some more promotion of kitchen gardens, because it is the first step in making Barbados feed it self, witch is a very easy task.

    Kitchen gardens are the answer for us because for one people don’t thief from a kitchen garden because it is usually close to a house and not enough of a single crop to thief, a truck load of bananas from a dark hole is a much easier target.

    A dog could provide full time protection for a kitchen garden from mammal pest (read monkey) I personally think we should eradicate them all they serve no purpose but as something for a visitor to point and say “look at the 2 cute monkeys let give them something”

    If the government could fix agriculture it would have all ready.

    Its up to us. The government pays up to %30 rebate for new crop technologies for REGISTERED small farmers. A kitchen garden is enough to register you as a small farmer.

    You could buy a truck load of compost for $85 and pay the $200-500 for shipping and handling, remember this compost is separated from our main garbage and was compressed with all the bleach and oil bottles and all the other dangerous stuff you don’t want near your micro herd. This compost is viable for large operations but the home gardener wants/needs more control and a much higher quality compost for our usage, then there is all the pollution you cut out from shipping/sorting that compost.

    On the topic of schools teaching agriculture its OK, its not up to schools or up to government, its up to the family. But if that is the case lets push agriculture in the 4-6 certain secondary schools that make up the blocks i am sure it would work out in the long run.

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  48. Well Well April 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

    Colonel and Island Girl……..I feel you, Ready Done…………..good luck!!

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  49. Pat April 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    @ready Done

    In most countries, agriculture is a subject on schools curricula.

    @Colonel Buggy

    When I was at West, they had the garden and chickens, I dont remember pigs. My brother got an ‘O’ Level from Oxford and Cambridge in Agriculture from West. You should see his garden in Oakville.

    @Alvin Cumins

    The garden waste for composting in Bim is made by a separate pickup. the regular truck will not take it. You have to call for the special pick-up. This truck will also take bottles, old pots, etc. I know, my 15 foot fig trees were left at the curb and when I phoned to complain, it was all explained and the truck came the next day.

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  50. Lemuel April 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM #

    Bushie
    Who is this Island Guy fellow. Does he understand what he getting into. Enough said.

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  51. Lemuel April 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM #

    My difficulty is that we have stigmatized agriculture too much. But its process is the closet thing to living by faith and having a close understanding of the creator.

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  52. Bush Tea April 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    @ Islandgal
    Bushie had to call in the rain for Reggae on the Hill….. The bushman getting to old for the lotta competition from Lemuel, Pieceahderock, and now the unknown factor….Islandguy…
    ….so Bushie call down some rain to dun um!! (One thing Bajans don’t like…. :) )

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  53. Well Well April 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

    This is what most black females are interested in…….not feeding their families but enriching others……………………..https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4667003845351&set=a.1222292609723.2029019.1601199962&type=1&theater

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  54. Well Well April 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    You would notice that the workers are wearing masks an gloves in separating the hair, there is a reason for this……but black females still find it a must have and put this garbage on their heads.

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  55. Pat April 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

    @Well, well

    you are assuming that the black females buy human hair. Most of them cant afford 4 or 5 packs at $90 per pack. Most black people I see are wearing petroleum products as hair extensions and weaves – plastic. My brother who own a salon and store in Toronto says it is the whites – Italians and Chinese who buy the human hair. If something costs more than ten dollars the blacks don’t want it. The same goes for the hair products. they refuse to buy quality tested products and always look at the price. So his salon is geared mainly to the ones who spend money on their hair.

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  56. Well Well April 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    Pat…….if you look around and start counting, you very rarely see black females worldwide with natural hair, it’s all this fake weave and wig and nonsense that is not part of their genetic makeup……………..there is also cheap weave that most of them buy, I have been watching this phenomenon unfold for the past 15 years……….black females are arguably the ones who must have a weave……….I was in Bim only one month and some dumb female suggested to me on the bus, that i need a weave no one wears natural hair anymore…….that was 8 years ago………so you see they are the ones enriching the Asian market now due to the fact that they find their hair texture inferior. As a matter of fact i am in Toronto right now, and whites are in the majority, this makes blacks one of the minorities so I can see where your brother’s store gets most of his business from whites……………even Africa that is majority black, Asia exports fake hair by the container loads to Africa.

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  57. ready done April 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM #

    Surprisingly, human hair makes an excellent compost material, and it adds significant structural integrity to the surrounding soil. Because it takes a long time to decompose– roughly 1-2 years, it is a very slow-release fertilizer, and will gradually restore nitrates to your garden soil. People who are interested in using human hair as a natural fertilizer have two basic choices: adding it directly to their topsoil or allowing it to decompose within a compost bin prior to use. Both choices are safe and effective ways to dispose of human hair in an earth-friendly and responsible manner. We must remember to clean the hair of harmfull chemicals that may harm your micro herd. Having a kitchen garden would save you money to buy more hair. It is wise to do your gardening early on a morning before the sun comes out so you don’t mess up your hair as well. But after living organicly for a while the need for sintetic add one like this diminishes significantly.

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  58. David April 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

    Good one readydone, about the good use of mock hair.

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  59. Well Well April 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM #

    Ready Done………………that’s the only valuable use for human hair.

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  60. Georgie Porgie April 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

    Ready done
    I agree with you. Abuse of human hair is definitely SIN-THETIC LOL

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  61. Alvin Cummins April 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    @David,
    I am already familiar with and accustomed to people laughing at my suggestions and not accepting my ideas, but they use them long after Like; 1. the suggestion for a national Innovation competition was an idea that I told persons from BIDC about in 1990, it was implemented years later ( no credit given to me, but no big deal. When I first came back to Barbados in 1985 I suggested to a politician (actually more than one) that we should look at seperation of garbage and the generation of electricity from the garbage, as well as composting. That idea was pushed one side until a few years ago when the new seperation plant has been constructed (aat three times the cost first proposed). I am shocked to know that Super centre is importing golden Apples, because a few years ago I proposed that our rab land and such land could be used to grow golden apple trees and generate income by exporting them (Jamaicans export them to Canada as June Plums) I was laughed at. I saw them as a good alternative to some of our imported apple juice, All it required was a litttle research to improve the filtering capacity so that we get a clearer product. Ah Well.All these products should be available in hotels as “Exotic” fruit juice. the guests will like it. I will keep pressing on.
    @Ready Done, the compost is also available in small plastic bags at the garden stores. I does not contain any plastic garbage etc. It is primarily ground up and composted coconut shells and such things. Remember all those who want to get rid of the old curriculum (included agricultural studies)
    Later

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  62. Well Well April 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

    Alvin C…………..you know fully well Bajans do not listen to other bajans who have lived in foreign countries…….they actually look down on us with their snotty selves. you are lucky you did not send in a tender like a friend of a friend did and heard nothing from government but 10 years later saw advertising in the newspapers for tender for his ideas…………bunch of dishonest losers.

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  63. Colonel Buggy April 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM #

    Well Well | April 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM |
    Alvin C…………..you know fully well Bajans do not listen to other bajans who have lived in foreign countries.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    How true.! When I and a relative first came back here, we were discussing a subject , of which both of us had lots of experience,and I am highly qualified in . A Bajan listening on, said bluntly that he does not believe a word that the of us said,but if the other fellow standing next to us had said it, he would more believe it then. The man standing next to us of whom he was referring , was a white Bajan , who quickly replied, “Me ? skipper . I never set foot outside Babadus in all ma life ”
    Nothing changes. Just a few years ago I came across this said Bajan mentality at my work place.

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  64. Bush Tea April 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM #

    “Alvin C…………..you know fully well Bajans do not listen to other bajans who have lived in foreign countries.”
    **********
    ….and you say that to say what? What exactly leads wunna to conclude that Bajans should automatically listen to some shiite because it come from someone who lived over and away…?
    Bushie would not listen to Alvin even if he lived in Barbados so there… :)

    Wait though…
    Wunna overseas fellows ain’t got a Canadian blog that wunna could chat pun? – about things that wunna actually care and know about…? Wunna ever hear that yuh can’t expect to be in church and chapel too…..?

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