Archived Issue November 2009

When people think of agriculture, they generally associate it with planting food crops. But it is a much wider field than that. We need to think of it in modern terms and current realities, with a sharper focus on the business and science elements of the process, says Pathmanathan Umaharan, Professor of Genetics at The UWI.

It is a cultural and mental shift that needs more than a shove to move it from its firmly rooted base.

Recently, as farmers complained that agricultural land was being diverted to housing, even the Minister of Agriculture conceded that agricultural development would not happen without land, but he too appeared to be in a land-locked frame of mind.

In the small islands of the Caribbean, the availability of land will always present a challenge for farmers to reap economies of scale, and with populations growing, the allocation of land will continue to provoke debates.

Bio-business is the strategically viable and profitable way to develop agriculture, says Prof Umaharan. Food security is extremely important, he readily agrees. .. read more>>


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UWI Calendar December 2009 - January 2010

International School for Young Astronomers
Monday 7 to Friday 18 December
Physics Department, UWI, St Augustine
Hydro-Climatic Disasters in Water Resources Management
Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 December
Faculty of Engineering, UWI St Augustine
Introduction to Radiation Safety
Thursday 3 December
Room 101, 1st floor Block 1, Faculty of Engineering
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Music for Christmas
Saturday 5 & 13 December, 2009
UWI, St. Augustine & St. Paul’s Anglican Church, San Fernando
Interlocking Basins of a Globe
Conference honouring Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott
Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 January, 2010

UWI Fete
Sunday 17 January, 2010
St Augustine Campus, UWI.

Also In This Issue

  From Green to Gene: The New Revolution in Agriculture
  From the principal: Celebrating Excellence
  Ready for a Tsunami
  Breaking the Silence – 16 Days of Activism
  UWI Academics elected to CAES Executive
  Third EDULINK Stakeholder’s Conference
  No longer just a race
  UNESCO, Histories and UWI
  Master of Public Health
  Angela Cropper: Create leadership, look beyond yourselves
  Christopher Laird: Abiding Vision
  Prof Arnold Rampersad: In Search of the Self
  Robert Riley: Our time to stand and deliver