Friday, July 23, 2021

More Bahamian Young People Finding a Place in Agriculture

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard said an overwhelming number of young people have become attracted to agriculture in recent times.

Pintard said Bahamian young people are fascinated by the modern technologies in the sector.

“Young Bahamians are flocking to agriculture because of the ongoing discussion on precision agriculture, smart agriculture, climate-smart agriculture and those sexy subsections such as hydroponics, aquaponics, using new technologies to grow more of a smaller footprint,” he said.

Why it matters

For many years, the government has pleaded with young people to find an interest in the sector to ensure the country’s food security.

The typical Bahamian farmer is older, believed to be 65 years and older.

What’s happening now

  • An increased number of young people are applying to the government for land and farmer’s permit.
  • A significant portion is under 35 years.
  • Many professionals in the field are returning to the Bahamas to carve out a space in food security and sovereignty.

Pintard said, “We believe the future of agriculture in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is going to be in wonderful hands.”

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