Find Agriculture expertise in Barbados


Agriculture together with forestry and fisheries contributes 2% of Barbados’s GDP (2010). Agricultural land accounts for 44.19% of total land area and supports around 10% of the total workforce (2010). Historically, most arable land was taken up by sugarcane, but increasingly a higher proportion has been devoted to ground crops for local consumption. The development of other agricultural activity has been constrained by inadequate rainfall and lack of irrigation. Despite this, the country has seen the growth of some vegetable farming on a commercial scale. Major food crops include yams, sweet potatoes, corn, eddoes, cassava and several varieties of beans. The majority of vegetables produced are sold in local markets.

Sugarcane has traditionally been the backbone of the Barbadian economy, although this has altered with increasing diversification. Despite facing serious troubles throughout the 1980s and 1990s the sugar industry survived, although it continues under threat. In 2010 exports of raw sugar generated $9,647,000. Most of the sugarcane over the 1990s and 2000s was destined for the European Union, although the United States also received a smaller quota. There are additionally over 15 cotton farms around the island, largely in the drier parts. Efforts are under way to revive the success of Sea Island cotton, which is known for its long and silky fibre properties. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development formulates and develops agricultural policies and programmes in the country.

Agriculture organisations in Barbados
Agro Chemicals Inc.
ARC Irrigation Inc.
Barbados Agricultural Development & Marketing Corporation
Barbados Pig Production Ltd
Dixie Farms (1995) Ltd
Eastern Caribbean Fertilizer Co. (BARBADOS) Ltd
Kirtons Game Farm Inc.
Laurel Leaf Farm
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Nurssery, The
Phillips Freighting & Farming Services Inc.
Seanson Ventures
St Catherine's Farms Ltd
West Indies Sugar Technologists