Thursday 9 April, 2020

Vendors' Agrofest plans stalled as organisational issue causes delays

Patrons and vendors at Agrofest in Queen's Park, St Michael.

Patrons and vendors at Agrofest in Queen's Park, St Michael.

For some vendors, Agrofest 2020 has started on the wrong foot.

Agrofest held a forum for its vendors at the Queen's Park Steel Shed as planning for the nation's largest agricultural expo got underway. Many of the vendors were eagerly awaiting to hear about this year's plans as well as technical and logistical aspects towards the festival.

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Wednesday's meeting was chaired by Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul who went through the specifics as well as slight changes to this year's expo.

However many in attendance were displeased to find out stall numbers were not being provided on this occasion as is customary. Instead, they have to wait longer to receive them.

Some attendees were visibly agitated and upset on hearing this as it causes many to delay finalizing their plans around this year's expo.

One vendor who preferred to remain anonymous stated. "It is a hassle coming here not to get our numbers because they normally give us the stall numbers now, and it affects how we get ready for Agrofest.

"Them gotta come better."

Paul assured the vendors that stall numbers would be assigned "soon" and everything would run smoothly regardless of this minor hiccup.

Paul also informed those gathered that this year's event will kick off with an opening ceremony welcoming the visiting Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries out of Suriname, Rabindre Parmessar on the first day as well as a visit on the second day from the Governor-General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason.

Agrofest is set to start on Friday, February 28, and run until Sunday, March 1. The expo is seen as the premier agricultural event in Barbados. It sees over an estimated 60,000 local and international patrons over the three days. 

With around 250 exhibitors and attractions that include livestock, vegetables, flowers, plants, craft items, educational items, games of chance, and live performances by leading local artistes, Agrofest looks again to be another milestone event on this year's calendar.

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