Ba­jan brands’ break­through

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - – ASH­LEY L. MC­CLEAN

THE BA­JAN FAVOURITES of Eclipse and Shirley bis­cuits are now avail­able at Wal­mart stores in the Philadel­phia area, which is a very good sign for the Bar­ba­dos econ­omy.

It is an im­por­tant step in the right direc­tion for the Bar­ba­dos econ­omy, as Wal­mart is a large re­tail chain, and such ex­ports will re­sult in ad­di­tional for­eign ex­change com­ing to the is­land and im­prov­ing the over­all eco­nomic out­look.

More at­ten­tion also needs to be paid to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, as food prod­ucts grown in Bar­ba­dos, such as sweet pota­toes, yams, ed­does, cas­sava and pump­kins, are in great de­mand in the United States, Canada and United King­dom, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter sea­son.

Gov­ern­ment needs to en­cour­age farm­ers to grow such prod­ucts and as­sist them in the mar­ket­ing and ex­port of these items. Such a ven­ture would also bring in some much-needed rev­enue to Gov­ern­ment’s cof­fers and help to im­prove its dis­mal fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

Gov­ern­ment also needs to em­bark on a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tional ex­er­cise to stress the im­por­tance of grow­ing and con­sum­ing lo­cally pro­duced prod­ucts in place of im­ported items, thereby re­duc­ing the de­pen­dence on im­ported prod­ucts in an ef­fort to re­tain more rev­enue in the coun­try and re­duce the im­port bill.

These ef­forts would go a long way in im­prov­ing the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. More power to Eclipse and Shirley for lead­ing the way.

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