BAMSI ERECTS GREENHOUSE IN HATCHET BAY, ELEUTHERA
Eleuthera, Bahamas, May 11th, 2017: The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) through its programme to establish greenhouses throughout the Southeastern Bahamas has erected a greenhouse in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera at the site of the packing house.
The greenhouse on Eleuthera commences the setup of the greenhouse network in order to bring new technologies and husbandry practices to the farming communities of the Southeastern Bahamas region. The production system in this region has been centered around pot-hole farming, an indigenous system of food production which is labor intensive.
The high cost of farm labor in The Bahamas has negatively impacted the competitiveness of food production in that region of The Bahamas. The greenhouse network will provide farmers with vegetable seedlings and orchard crop planting materials via technologies like tissue culture thereby substantially reducing the cost of planting material to the farmer or agribusiness.
This introduction will revive production. In conjunction with the introduction of planting material, new banana husbandry practices will be introduced through the Institute’s Associated Farmers Programme (AFP) and the banana expert stationed in North Andros.