Farmers to get boost with Wyndham Grand
Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), Shawn Tudor.
The partnership between the Wyndham Grand and the Barbados Agricultural Development and Manufacturing Corporation (BADMC) is expected to give local farmers a much-needed financial boost when the hotel opens its doors in 2019.
The announcement that local farmers, through the BADMC, will be used to supply the resort with produce was made during a press conference on Monday with representatives of the Wyndham and Sam Lord’s Castle.
Shawn Tudor of the BADMC said the issue of continuous supply by local farmers to the hotel sector has encountered some hiccups in the past but the BADMC will be working assiduously to honour the contract with the Wyndham Grand.
“Traditionally when it came to the hospitality sector and the agricultural sector there has always been the issue of consistency, of quality and of quantity and there are things that would have to be put in place in order for us to bridge that gap and maintain the levels that are required of us here.”
He said the two groups are at an “advanced stage” in the partnership discussions and the BADMC has already made preparations for the groundwork to ensure local farmers are prepared to meet the requirements.
“Their coming so early and making such a huge commitment has given us the opportunity to put things in place. We are putting things in place that we can assist farmers around the country in maintaining the supply and responding to the commitment that Wyndham has made to source as much local foods as possible.”
Tudor said the BADMC will be reaching out especially to Black Belly sheep farmers to bring them on board as they have recognised this type of farming is declining in Barbados. He also said they have enrolled staff to be trained in speciality areas such shade house and green house technology and they will be expanding the facility at Fairy Valley which focuses on the production of gluten-free foods.