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MEMBERS AND LOCAL FARMERS PARTICIPATE IN VALUE CHAIN WORKSHOPS
Published on June 4, 2017

MEMBERS AND LOCAL FARMERS PARTICIPATE IN VALUE CHAIN WORKSHOPS

IN continued efforts to improve the relationship between our members and the local agriculture sector, the Association, through a project funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), hosted two Hotelier-Farmer Value Chain workshops.

Project Coordinator, Curtis Grant, explained that the purpose of the workshops was to improve the engagement between suppliers and hoteliers/restaurants. He said: “The first workshop was held in collaboration with the National Union of Farmers (NUF) at the VegCo Packhouse Facility in St. Philip and addressed Demand Forecasting.

“A number of topics were covered including Hoteliers Menu Planning, Winter/Summer Season Scheduling, Time to Maturity for Different Crops and Crop Scheduling Dynamics. The 59 participants including farmers, hoteliers and extension officers also toured the VegCo Packhouse with International Supply Chain Specialist, Peter Jones.”

The workshop was moderated by Keeley Holder, NUF Project Coordinator, who also presented with technical inputs from Steve Skeete, Agricultural Development Consultant, NUF and BHTA and Jones.

Over 40 participants attended the second workshop which was also moderated by Holder and covered Barbados’ Produce Supply Code of Practice developed by the NUF.  Participants were sensitized on areas of the code of practice including, Supply Agreements, Payments and Dispute Resolution. This session also included a simulation on relationship building.

Grant noted that both workshops were interactive and informative and gave participants the opportunity to network and build relationships. “A number of other key topics were discussed including Produce Standards and Specifications, Quantities, Wastage, Improving Production, Unavailability, Pricing, Threats and Challenges that can impact both the Agriculture and Tourism sectors, the benefits of a Central Packaging Facility and the Benefits of Strong Linkages.

“The objective of this project is to support the integration of local micro and small businesses into the supply chain of hotels and restaurants operating in Barbados. At least 150 local farmers supplying a range of products and 30 hotels and restaurants are expected to participate and we will also be having four more similar workshops.”


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