Category Archives: Agriculture

Caribbean Has Become Much Drier, Says The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 5, 2019 (CMC) – The Barbados-based The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says since December, last year, many parts of the Caribbean have become drier.

“Major concerns exist in the southern Caribbean, including from northern Guyana to Barbados and west to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) for short term drought that can impact small rivers, streams and ponds, by the end of April 2019,” announced CariCOF in its February issue of the Caribbean Drought Bulletin, released here, today.             Continue reading

Brazil farm lobby wins as Bolsonaro grabs control over indigenous lands – Reuters

Jair Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order yesterday making the Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists.

The temporary decree, which will expire unless it is ratified within 120 days by Congress, strips power over land claim decisions from indigenous affairs agency FUNAI. It says the Agriculture Ministry will now be responsible for “identification, delimitation, demarcation and registration of lands traditionally occupied by indigenous people.”       Continue reading

Guyana pushes trade and investment at OIC meeting in Turkey

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor – 

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Guyana attended the 34th meeting of the Guyanese, which was held last week in Istanbul, Turkey. Representing Guyana at the meeting was its permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Michael Ten-Pow, who promoted the opportunities for trade and investment in his country.

It was the first meeting of the COMCEC that Guyana has attended and is an indication that the government is serious about diversifying its economic partners in order to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development.        Continue reading

Brazilian Investors propose Modern Mega-Farm in Guyana

State-of-the-Art Farm for Upper Berbice River

Ministers of government during talks with Brazilian investors

Nov 30. 2018 – 

Guyana is poised to once again become the breadbasket of the Caribbean and further afield, once plans to partner with a group of Brazilian investors bear fruit.

The proposal, which has to do with industrialising the agriculture sector, is projected to translate into a mega state-of the-art farm in the Intermediate Savannahs of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Mano Julio group out of neighbouring Brazil has already tested the soil type in the Intermediate Savannahs and had success with a crop of corn and soybean, and is expected to start cultivation again early next year.     Continue reading

Marijuana: Weed gets a break in St. Vincent, Jamaica and Antigua

BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News. NY

Three Caribbean Community countries which have been pioneering the region’s new approach to marijuana have in the past week taken significant steps to either reform legislation or to recognize medical products from the cannabis sativa sector as the three indirectly mount pressure on neighbors to follow their paths.

While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving Day, lawmakers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were engaged in a final round of parliamentary debates paving the way for the establishment of a medical marijuana industry on the archipelago with the Grenadines group of smaller islands.     Continue reading

USA: A Fate Worse Than Slavery, Unearthed in Sugar Land – By Brent Staples – New York Times

Bodies of sugar cane workers recently discovered in Texas reveal gruesome details about the convict leasing system.

Brent Staples

By Brent StaplesMr. Staples is a member of the editorial board. – New York Times

The blood-drenched history that gave the city of Sugar Land, Texas., its name showed its face earlier this year, when a school construction crew discovered the remains of 95 African-Americans whose unmarked graves date back more than a century. The dead — some of whom may have been born in slavery — are victims of the infamous convict leasing system that arose after Emancipation. Southerners sought to replace slave labor by jailing African-Americans on trumped-up charges and turning them over to, among others, sugar cane plantations in the region once known as the Sugar Bowl of Texas    Continue reading


Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana – BBC News

Customers Nikki Rose (centre) and Ian Power (right) with Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton (left) at Tweed in St John's Newfoundland, 17 October 2018

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Image captionNikki Rose (centre) and Ian Power (right) were the first to buy legal cannabis at Tweed in St. John’s Newfoundland, just after midnight on Wednesday

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.

The nationwide market for cannabis opened on Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety.

Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and public awareness campaigns.  But there remain concerns, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving.


First legal Marijuana sold in Canada at Newfoundland shops – CBC News

First legal “weed” sold in Canada at Newfoundland shops

Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left, sells the first order of legal marijuana to Ian Power at the Tweed store in downtown St. John’s. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The first legal recreational cannabis has officially been sold in Canada.

In Newfoundland and parts of Labrador, which has a separate timezone from the rest of Canada, midnight comes earlier, and people were ready and waiting for marijuana to be sold to them over the counter.


Why Are Most Caribbean Governments Ignoring A $500 Billion Marijuana Industry?

Potentially A $500 Billion Industry … recreational cannabis in Canada from Oct. 17th. 2018


Legal Marijuana in Canada

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 12, 2018: As per usual, most Caribbean governments are lagging behind the 8th ball when it comes to the multi-billion-dollar industry of marijuana – a herb that easily grown in the region and has for many decades now.

The snail like movement in some nations and the non-movement in most others, come as Vivien Azer, the only pot analyst from a major Wall Street research house, claimed this week that that the market could be one day worth $500 billion.     Continue reading

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