Barbados gained some valuable insight into Singapore’s experience in transforming its agricultural sector.
That country since gaining independence from Malaysia back in 1965 has been able to modernize its agriculture and food security sector.
The strides made were highlighted to local agricultural officials and students during a forum at the Hilton Hotel.
They learnt of the progress made with respect to vertical indoor farming, precision agriculture,controlled environment food farming and agri-food policies by Singapore Professor Paul Teng who specializes in food security, agri-technology innovations, bio-entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
Professor Teng is also the Dean and Managing Director of NIE International PTE Limited – the business consultancy arm of the National Institute of Education.
The visiting agricultural official says the government of Singapore has evolved the sector from a labour intensive one to a sector that is innovation driven.
Professor Teng’s comments came at the opening of a panel discussion on Improving Competitiveness and Sustainability of Agriculture in Barbados and the Caribbean.
Professor Teng however notes not every success model it adopted could work for Barbados
He says small states should work towards not only ensuring the quality but that their products are geographically mapped.