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Bahamas: Ministries of tourism, agriculture join forces for agri-tourism initiative

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar and Minister of Agriculture Michael Pintard recently signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a new initiative aimed at engendering a “viable and visible linkage” between local farmers and fishermen and the hospitality industry.

The collaboration is the result of an initiative of the Tourism Development Corporation, which hailed the collaboration as a “groundbreaking strategic alliance”.

“Even though the proposed agritourism initiative was in the works, being advanced by both ministers respectively, the COVID-19 pandemic was really the catalyst that propelled this much-needed strategic alliance along,” a statement by the Tourism Development Corporation read.

“Vital tourism linkages took on greater significance as Bahamian farmers and fisher entrepreneurs experienced the devastating effects of the public health crisis.”

The statement said an “urgent demand study” was conducted and identified 70 crops for local farmers to supply the tourism industry and local grocers.

“The Ministry of Agriculture enhanced its operation to support this important undertaking by putting in place the infrastructure including a cadre of newly hired extension officers with expertise to direct the process,” it stated.

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