STARTED IN 1980, the St Thomas Bee Farmers Association saw its membership fall to 25, and trending down, a situation it brought to the attention of the Local Initiative Facility for the Environment (LIFE). There are now 101 active members and the group is in business mode, gearing up to maximise the economic benefits from bee farming, while preserving the environment.
THE AGRICULTURE ministry is fast-tracking efforts to get exporters and farmers up to speed with the stringent Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) standards for fresh and processed foods imported into the United States. This is in preparation for a visit by inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of the year.
PRESERVING THE family tradition of farming is just what 42-year-old Clive Segree is doing in the hills of Fruitful Vale, Portland, as he struggles to support his two children and a common-law-wife.