Monday, April 22, 2024

Nigh $1m Agrofest


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The island’s premier three-day agricultural exhibition takes place at a cost of just under $1 million.

This has been revealed by chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, who yesterday lambasted commercial banks for not supporting this year’s Agrofest.

He was speaking yesterday as hundreds of people descended on Queen’s Park for the final day of the event.

“The truth is, it takes us nearly $900 000 to actually run this event over three days and it is not cheap,” Paul declared. “So we have challenges and we have to try to keep the event within the resources that we have available to us.”

He said the Agrofest secretariat would be looking to drum up more support from the private sector to help with financing the annual exhibition.

And while he thanked the sponsors who came on board this year, he scolded the commercial banks for not supporting the event and, by extension, not supporting the agricultural sector.

“I still maintain that even now, this year, we did not get any of the more traditional financial institutions. It shows you where the lack of focus is when it comes to our traditional financial institutions.

“They benefit the most and yet not one of them could have found the opportunity, and I am very displeased about that, to come in and say we would exhibit, we would do something.

“Are we just about engaging or pushing Barbadians in areas where it uses foreign exchange, rather than be part of the effort to encourage Barbadians to engage in activities that will earn foreign exchange and agriculture has a role to play?” he asked.

However, Paul said he was pleased with the number of patrons who passed through the park. (HLE)


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