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Bahamas: LAND AHOY: Govt “aggressively” working to make land available for agriculture, says minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is moving “aggressively” on its land liberalization plan, according to Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard, who noted approval has been granted for in excess of 200 acres to be allocated to farmers on Grand Bahama.

Pintard, while addressing the Grand Bahama Business Outlook on Friday, stated: “We have aggressively moved on land liberalization. The prime minister mandated that we conduct a land audit because much of the available land in the country was being used for things other than the specified purpose, which was to develop agriculture in the country.

“We have been engaged in that exercise but we recognized that because time is of the essence, we have to work on two tracks simultaneously.”

Pintard added: “We have began the land liberalization policy. In the case of Grand Bahama, we have just over the last several weeks signed the paper for in excess of 200 acres to be allocated to a number of the small farmers and larger parcels will be made available to the large seasoned farmers.

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