North Andros Agricultural Initiatives

BAIC’s Office located in Nicholl’s Town is the facilitator of BAIC’s initiatives on that island. Due to the renewed interest of international and Bahamian farming enthusiasts to seek land for agricultural development in the former BARTAD and Satellite Farm areas, the Corporation has leased several acres of Crown Land to establish satellite farming communities. An assessment of the applications concentrates on vegetables and livestock production. Due to the excellent infrastructure, potable water and conducive soil texture, North Andros remains the primary location for the farming community.

North Andros Agro-Industrial Park

During November 2009 the Corporation received a Lease Agreement from the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources for twenty-three (23) acres of agricultural land. This Park comprises ten parcels of approximately two acres of land for the development of agro-business and industrialized type projects which range from dog breeding, concrete blocks, blind and window manufacturing, agro-processing and agricultural supplies. Interested applicants must be project-ready and have the financial capacity to commence immediately. The main criteria for all applicants were that projects must be financially capable and “shovel ready.”

The North Andros Agro-Industrial Park must be carefully monitored by the Corporation. While the Park could be an overall success, if the businesses failed to set up their operations within a specified time, it is incumbent that the Corporation steps in to re-assign the lots to other prospective applicants.

Of equal importance is that the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) who has been providing technical assistance and guidance on farming matters to BAIC has assisted the Corporation in setting up a greenhouse in the Park. It is envisaged that the North Andros High School would incorporate training programmes at the facility and Graduate students from the Forfar International School could also participate in research studies.

Refrigerated 20 Foot Containers

In 2008, two (2) 20” Refrigerated Containers/trailers were purchased for North Andros to improve the transportation of produce throughout the islands. These trailers are rented on a day-to-day basis and have been a huge success. They were featured prominently at the recent Agro-Business Fair in North Andros in March of this year. The first maiden voyage to Nassau was launched in January 2010, laden with vegetables during a visit to Andros by the Board of Directors.

With increased services on the Fast Ferries and The Bohengy, the Corporation hopes that the Containers can be used throughout the Family Islands. Carefully packaged vegetables and fruits in the Containers can depart Andros in the morning and arrive in Eleuthera, Exuma and Abaco on the same or next day.