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Barbados Agriculture Minister threatens to quit

07:44am | Thu, May 31, 2012

Barbados’s Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick has harshly criticized Government for failing to invest more heavily to transform and reposition the sector.

He also threatened to resign if he does not get support in his mission.

He said the ministry had this year been allocated a mere 1.5 per cent of the national budget, when other countries that understood the importance of agricultural diversification and contribution to economic growth and linkages were spending six and seven per cent.

The Barbados Nation reported that Mr. Estwick, in an address at the Savannah Hotel, said “It is either that my administration going tek me seriously or I gine resign; simple as that.”