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McTaggart knocks PACT ‘about-face’ on farmers initiative

Opposition Leader Roy McTaggart has taken issue with the PACT government's decision to pull the plug on the Farmers Assistance and Relief Measures (FARM) programme days after welcoming the benefits it granted to Caymanians.

$1 million relief programme for farmers extended

The government has extended a programme to provide financial assistance to farmers until June this year.

The Ag Show

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'Brilliant' civil servant, 60, found dead at home

Astley McLaughlin, a retired Cayman Islands government worker, was found dead in his Beach Bay home over the weekend by a family member.

Next Heroes Day to honor farming sector

Heroes Day 2016 will honor pioneers from Cayman’s farming communities, according to the National Heroes Day Committee.

Hamlin Stephenson named Farmer of the Year

Hamlin Stephenson, owner of Hamlin’s Farm, has been awarded Farmer of the Year 2015 by the Agricultural Society. Paul Bodden and William Chisholm tied for Livestock Farmer of the Year award.

Demand for local meat grows as livestock numbers fall

An increasing demand for local meat among Cayman consumers is leading to dwindling numbers of farmers’ livestock, according to agriculture officials and local farmers.

Dogs’ paraquat poisoning renews calls for ban

The paraquat poisoning of two dogs this week has resulted in renewed calls for a ban on the deadly herbicide.

Farmers market may take root in George Town

Vendors operating at Market at the Grounds in Lower Valley are in the process of relocating to the old Farmers Market spot in George Town.

Last paychecks for civil servant benched since ’99

A Cayman Islands civil servant will soon receive the last of his 15-years worth of paychecks without having worked for government since the last century.

Government considers leasing East End farm land

Government is considering leasing lands in the area known as Furtherland Farm, on Grand Cayman’s East End, to independent farmers.

Chairman: Turtle Farm board will stay course

The Cayman Turtle Farm has a new board of managers.

Ag show got missing money

A $20,000 grant to help fund Grand Cayman's annual Agricultural Show did not get delivered as expected this year, but the money eventually found its way to the organisers' coffers.

New strata bill out for comment

A new bill reviews all aspects of strata title regulation in the Cayman Islands.

Editorial for 22 October: Public health and urgency

When it comes to public health, it is unacceptable for the government not to inform the public of significant health risks immediately.

Week is all about Cayman agriculture

The Cayman Brac Agriculture Show will also have a host of exhibits including animals, preserves, antiques, plants and crafts.

New twists at Agriculture Show

Cayman's 44th annual Agriculture Show will feature interactive areas when it is held on 9 March.

Chamber event boycott planned

Keep Dolphins Free in the Cayman Islands campaigner Billy Adam has asked Chamber of Commerce members to boycott this evening's Business after Hours event at Dolphin Discovery.

Brac Day Care needs assistance

Sweat streaks down the dirtied brown faces of little children and nests in the crevices of their little necks, creating natural necklaces.

Agriculture Ministry hosting BAH

The Ministry of Agriculture will host Business After Hours at the Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley today from 6pm onwards.

Sugar farmers may eye ganja

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Failure to save the ailing sugar industry could result in a spike in crime, including an increase in marijuana production and prostitution, as displaced workers try to make ends meet, a study has revealed.

Livestock delayed

Livestock farmers who have cattle and goats to be shipped this month from the United States are advised that the shipment has been delayed until early January.

Ja Ag minister wants transaction probe

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica Agriculture Minister Christopher Tufton says a full-scale investigation will be launched into the circumstances surrounding a controversial arrangement between Jamaica Cane Product Sales and Indian company Shreeji Impex Corporation.

Celebrations as agriculture chief hangs up his hat

Friends, family, staff and members of the agricultural community gathered last weekend to celebrate the retirement of Dr Alfred Benjamin who headed the Department of Agriculture

Big Ag show planned

Organisers of this year's Agricultural Show say the event will be the most family friendly and entertaining show ever.

New Year’s honours

Governor Stuart Jack has named two Caymanians to be awarded the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. Dr. Alfred Benjamin is honoured for his service to agriculture

$766K budgeted for ex-civil servant

The Finance Committee approved a supplemental appropriation for CI$766,345 for the settlement of a court order relating to the case of former civil servant Astley McLaughlin.

Montserrat plans climate change centre

After successfully recovering from its recent brush with disaster when a volcanic eruption nearly wiped it off the map, the small island nation of Montserrat is hoping to capitalize on its experience

Ideas shared at business conference

Cayman Islands small business owners and budding entrepreneurs had the chance to attend Cayman's first Caribbean Development Bank Small Business Conference, held at the Westin on 23 October.

Ag chief stepping down

Chief Agricultural and Veterinary Officer Dr. Alfred Benjamin has announced his retirement from the civil service.

Consultant reviewing ag sector

A consultant from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture arrived in Grand Cayman on 25 July to begin a month long review of Cayman's agricultural sector.

Farmer’s market kicks off tomorrow

Market at the Grounds, Grand Cayman's new farmer's market, kicks off Saturday, and organisers are promising customers a shopping experience unlike anything else on the Island.

Cayman delegation visits Belize

A fact-finding group from the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing travelled to Belize on 28 May to 1 June.

Farmer’s market plans set

A regular farmer's market at the Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley is scheduled to commence on Saturday, 11 August.

Conservation efforts admirable

This past weekend's Agriculture Society Show in Cayman Brac, impressive for its display, was even more impressive for the thinking that went into the project, on top the Bluff, which will be the new home for the event.

Dolphins ‘dying to entertain’

The article Captive Dolphins Facilities Needed (Caymanian Compass 08/31/06) mentions repeatedly that the Minister of Tourism "believes" this and that about the captive-dolphin tourist abusement industry

Man fined for injuring dog

Justice for animals was served in court on Tuesday, 15 August, in the case of Snowball, the dog who survived a machete attack in earlier this year (Caymanian Compass, 24 January).

Agriculture gets secretariat

A newly established Agriculture secretariat will help Caymanian farmers meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Ministry of Agriculture spokeswoman Angelique Crowther said the secretariat was formed as a result of a recent meeting the Ministry held with farmers.

Agriculture gets new trucks

Minister for Agriculture Mr. Kurt Tibbetts and representatives from the Department of Agriculture received two new vehicles for the department's fleet this week.

Farms, ag expo offer learning experience

A delegation of Cayman livestock farmers, Department of Agriculture representatives and a ministry official recently returned from a visit to several Florida and Georgia farms and attended the Sunbelt Agriculture Exposition in Moultrie, Georgia.

Ja dairy project sours

More than five years and US$10 million in expenditure later, the construction of a new dairy processing plant in St. Catherine, by the Jamaica Dairy Farmers Federation, is yet to get off the ground.

Cattle industry in decline

Jamaican Agricultural interests are now moving swiftly to draft measures to prevent the demise of the island's cattle industry, which has declined by 50 per cent in the last 15 years, according to a study commissioned by the Jamaica Livestock Association (JLA).

Tourism expects bright Christmas

In a bid to make sure room stock levels in the Cayman Islands are well up by Christmas, Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford is arranging another site visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman shortly.

Chicken ban system isn’t working

Despite a Ministry of Agriculture-imposed ban on the importation of chicken leg quarters, necks and backs, importers have found a new way to beat the system and bring the banned products into the island.

Mr. Tibbetts puts on farmer’s hat

In order to re-familiarise himself with farmers, the Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts paid an official visit to farms island-wide Thursday.

Humane Society responds

In response to the letter printed in the Caymanian Compass on Tuesday, 15 March we take this opportunity to once again set out the facts which have been documented and released by the Shelter Manager and the Board of Directors on more than one occasion since Hurricane Ivan.

Spay, neuter programme internationally backed

The Cayman Islands Humane Society played host to two visitors from the United States recently, partially in effort to encourage international assistance in dealing with the stray animal problem in Cayman.

New Shelter ‘a dream come true’

The new Animal Rescue Shelter facility opened last week at the Lower Valley Agricultural Complex to the praise of Government and Humane Society representatives alike.

Ag show plan causes row

Board members with the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society clashed with their president at a meeting Tuesday over safety concerns and other issues surrounding holding a scaled back agricultural show next month.

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