Monday 6 April, 2020

Agrofest 2020: Interest in agricultural sector growing

The farm animals on exhibit are pulling persons of all ages.

The farm animals on exhibit are pulling persons of all ages.

CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul says there is an increase in persons interested in the Agricultural sector.

Speaking to Loop News on the first day of the three-day Agrofest agricultural exhibition, Paul said that this growing interest may be linked to the current economic recession the country is experiencing.

"We have seen the normal attendance from the schools and I think that it is on par with what it usually has been. So from that point of view I think it is an indication that the interest is still there.

"Actually, I would say that the interest in the agricultural sector is increasing. I think that because of the current economic difficulty persons may be facing, persons are looking for other means of a livelihood and the agricultural sector offers an opportunity for those persons who want to find another means and way to make a living.

"I would say it is increasing and we have seen more interest in pig production and food and vegetable production."

For persons attending the agricultural exhibition this weekend, he told them to look forward to some good shows and encouraged them to get involved at the same time.

"I think that we have some good shows lined up in terms of the Royal Barbados Black Belly Sheep Show. We also have the cattle show on Sunday and of course we also have the entertainment in the evening that would culminate each night.

"I think that people should be prepared to come and see some pretty interesting activities and we would want them to get involved too at the same time."

Approximately 249 exhibitors will be participating in this weekend's activities from February 28 until March 1, 2020.

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