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Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs

Family Island Administrators got first-hand view of NEMA in action as visit coincided with the Agency’s National Emergency Operations Centre being in Partial Activation mode

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hosted incoming Family Island Administrators, in addition to officials from the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the United States Forestry Service to a series of meetings at the Agency’s headquarters located Gladstone Road and NEMA ’s Way.  The visit with the Family Island Administrators, September 28, 2022 was part of a long, and ongoing collaboration between NEMA and the Department of Local Government to bring incoming Administrators up to speed on the role of the Family Island Administrator, and the National Emergency Management Agency, in the country’s Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Strategy.  The Island Administrators got a first-hand view of NEMA in action as the visit coi...

Minister of State LaRoda makes assessment of impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Hon. Myles K. LaRoda, along with a contingent  of Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Disaster Managers and Planners, Damage Assessment personnel, and personnel from the Ministry of Works, Bahamas Power and Light, the Department of Social Services and the Royal. Bahamas Defence Force, departed New Providence Wednesday morning for Mayaguana to conduct first-hand assessments of the impacts of Tropical Storm-Force winds associated with Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana. State-Minister LaRoda was joined by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for Local Government, the Hon. Clay Sweeting; Mr. Basil McIn...

DPM Cooper to lead Bahamas delegation to CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum and Expo II

NASSAU, Bahamas, 19 August 2022 – Creating an innovative and modern agricultural sector and attracting investments to the agri-business sector will top discussions at the second CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum and Expo taking place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 18 – 21 August. In the margins, there will be a meeting of Lead Heads of the Caribbean community to discuss Haiti. “We are moving in the direction of forward-looking greenhouse technologies and climate smart agriculture, with the built-in advantage of being sustainable and carbon negative,” said the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, who will represent the Prime Minister and lead a delegation including H.E. Winston Pinnock, Bahamas Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture ...

BAMSI holds Bahamian Artisans Show & Farmers Pop-Up Shop

NASSAU, The Bahamas — The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) held its Bahamian Artisans Show & Farmers Pop-Up Shop to exhibit support for local farmers (commercial and backyard) and provide information on plans for the Fall Semester. Various stalls, from academic and aquaponic, to preservatives and livestock, were on show, August 6, on the grounds of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. BAMSI Chairman Tyrel Young thanked the patrons of the festivities, stating he hoped it provided more inspiration for backyard farming.

BAMSI partners with Duke University

Nassau, Bahamas, July 27, 2022: IN A MOVE to strengthen its research capacity and expose students and staff to global best practices in the midst of a climate impacted environment, the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) has formed, what BAMSI President, Senator, the Hon. Dr. Erecia Hepburn calls, a strategic partnership with Duke University, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the United States. The partnership, Dr Hepburn said, is the result of linkages formed with the leadership team of the DukeEngage Programme. “Through a combined effort, the BAMSI/Duke partnership will look to tackle food insecurity, climate change, and environmental impacts. Working with Director Harris and Site Coordinator Jackie Terrell is already proving to be beneficial and...

Minister Sweeting pays courtesy call on Jamaica’s agriculture minister.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Agricultural industry officials of The Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries the Hon. Pernel Charles (centre right), in Kingston, July 26, 2022. At the courtesy call were: Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting (centre left); Parliamentary Secretary Leonardo Lightbourne (right); Bahamas FAO Ambassador H.E. Winston Pinnock(left); Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), and Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) officials. During the meeting, both ministers vowed to work together to combat food insecurity.