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Cotton crop in danger as Barbados Government unable to pay pickers for last year’s work

Barbados picking cotton

Labour Action a result of no pay for a year

Contributed anonymously by Rotten Cotton

Our 2015 cotton crop is in danger of rotting in the fields as fewer than 10% of last year’s 150 registered cotton pickers are willing to work, and this year the crop is almost double the size of 2014.

The problem is that the Government of Barbados hasn’t been able to pay the pickers for the work they did a full year ago, picking the 2014 crop.

Guess what folks? You promise to pay agricultural workers a certain amount for each pound of cotton and you don’t pay them for a year… what happens is that nobody shows up to pick the next crop.

Got that Prime Minster Stuart?

It’s a simple and basic concept that this government hasn’t grasped I know. The government can put off paying suppliers, contractors and government employees when the money can’t be found, and those people will hang in waiting for the government to catch up on payments.

But you can’t do that to poor agricultural workers for a year or they walk and that is exactly what has happened.

“How bad is the financial situation really when the government puts the whole 2015 cotton crop at risk because they can’t pay workers their 40 cents a pound that has been owing to them for a year?”

The newspapers and television are full of cotton stories with politicians, Agricultural Ministry officials and industry spokespeople hyping the value to the economy and the doubling of fields planted over last year but hardly anyone is talking about the growing sense of danger – some say verging on panic – that is spreading throughout the cotton community.  Continue reading

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Company says “political relationships” enabled purchase of Barbados Sea Island Cotton

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Hey… I’m just sayin’ what they are sayin’ !!!

Kyto BioPharma Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL–(Marketwired – Jul 22, 2013) – Kyto BioPharma Inc. (“Kyto”) (OTCQB: KBPH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (“BSC”) through the issuance of 10 million common shares of Kyto to the shareholders of BSC and BSC satisfying Kyto’s outstanding debt on closing. BSC, through political relationships, industry experience and proprietary investments in the Island of Barbados, has secured the rights to manage …

Wall Street Journal here

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Bajans pick cotton, cut sugar cane twenty years from now? Let’s get real!

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Cotton industry ‘revamp’ same talk we’ve heard for 40 years

submitted by Bleeding Hands

Barbados takes pride in our educated population and in our status as an ‘almost’ developed nation. The recent economic setbacks might have pushed us back a step or two, but this is a worldwide phenomena not exclusive to our country. Bajans should be proud of what we have achieved together in the last four decades.

One of the social changes brought about by our development and increased education, however, is that few if any of our young people aspire to jobs or business ownership in agriculture and especially not in agricultural sectors reminiscent of the plantation era of our history. If one could grow tomatoes or other food crops and make a decent living that is one thing: sugar and cotton are another world entirely in the minds of bajans and for good reason. Aside from the unprofitable nature of the those two crops, sugar and cotton have historical baggage that young bajans want nothing to do with and I cannot blame them.

Despite the unemployment on this island, Barbados has to import labour from other countires to work our sugar and cotton industries. That is because our population rejects the work, and they reject it because they have been conditioned to reject it – and also it pays nothing or next to nothing. Continue reading

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Caribbean Sea Island Cotton brand to be killed by Barbados… as if a name change will solve anything

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry? Really?

If we just change the brand name, everything will be fine. Really.

First, some background

Times are tough and now Barbados finds the cupboard is bare thanks to 15 years of BLP “spend all we got and more” policies. Where to start when talking about the legacy of Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley? The Hotels and Resorts scandal? Hardwood Holdings? Greenland dump? A failed water distribution system? Queen Elizabeth Hospital?

Where does one start? How about at the end… with that monumental failure called Cricket World Cup delivered to the people of Barbados as a parting gesture from the BLP before they were thrown out of office. If you don’t think that CWC mattered, you should remember that Arthur and Mottley wasted about a billion dollars of your money on that fiasco. Remember the empty stands? Remember that Mia Mottley was in charge of setting up the visas and what a nightmare that was? Remember the final game played in the dark because our two hundred million dollar renovation lacked lights for a World Championship?

Hey… that played really well around the world, didn’t it?

And we’re not even talking about systemic corruption at all levels of government that touched everything under the BLP. Hell, even Prime Minister Arthur himself was caught putting a “campaign donation cheque” (made out to him personally! HA! HA!) into his very own personal bank account.

Now we’re not giving Thompson a pass for what has gone on since he was elected, but you might want to remember that the airplane called Barbados was already quite a wreck when Thompson found himself elected as pilot. That said, what’s coming isn’t pretty…

International Monetary Fund says “This is going to hurt”

The IMF International Monetary Fund just told Bajans “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks!” – which was communicated by saying “Barbados is facing severe recession linked to the Global Financial Crisis and the facility has advised the government to cut expenditure.”

How bad is it? You might want to read this…

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Barbados is facing a “severe” economic recession.

It said that the island’s output is contracting, as the global financial crisis has “depressed tourism, brought Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to a sudden stop, and weakened public finances”.

“Consequently, unemployment has risen to double-digit level,” the Washington-based financial institution said… (snip)

… The IMF, therefore, urged the David Thompson administration to develop a “credible” medium-term fiscal adjustment plan “and start with its implementation, as soon as possible” and cautioned that, if left unchecked, the large fiscal deficits combined with an uncertain foreign financing outlook could result in “a deterioration in investor confidence”.

… from the CBC article IMF Warning

In response to the IMF, Prime Minister Thompson and his government knew exactly what to do:

1/ Make announcements that “We have a plan” and “everything gonna be just fine fine fine!”

2/ Then Thompson explained that he and  his team will go beg investors who abandoned projects in Barbados. Our Prime Minister will ask the investors to please come back and he’ll assure them that this time we really really promise that our government planning and building approval people will not take years to do nothing – which has been the norm in the past and one of the reasons many big investors called it quits.

You have to read a little between the lines, but Thompson almost told it like it is to the CBC as highlighted in their article Investment Plan

“I am going to be visiting the United Kingdom after the twenty-fifth of September. What we are seeking to do there is to go armed with information on each of the projects which had been identified by British investors for which concessions may have been given, for which town planning permission may be outstanding, or whatever, and essentially to sit down with them and see how we can get those projects back on course.”

Now to the Cotton

Our bull manure warning meter spiked though when we read another one of those “Things gonna be just fine!” articles at the CBC – this one about Barbados cotton. Yup, right on schedule every year or so for the past ten years the government of the day announces that our cotton industry is going to be “revitalised” through better marketing. Nevermind that we haven’t the economies of scale to be competitive on the world market. Nevermind that we can’t even find sufficient labour to harvest the sugar crop in a timely manner.

Nevermind the naysayers, says the government to CBC, Barbados will “revitalise” the cotton industry. (Hmmm…. I think I smell a World Bank development grant out there somewhere.)

And how are we going to make Barbados cotton economically viable? How are we going to compete against China and India, the first and second largest cotton producers in the world? How are we going to profit in the middle of a recession where the commodity news services are reporting Recession hits cotton consumption, down 12% ?

How is Barbados cotton going to be profitable when India is using her booming economy to subsidize her cotton farmers so much that world cotton prices are forecast to fall by 6% in the next year?

How are we going to make Barbados cotton viable?

We’re going to make a “new brand”, that’s how! We’re going to sell to “upscale” markets. Yup, that’s what Agriculture Minister Senator Benn told the CBC.

Barbados cotton was viable until the government overruled a court decision by sending in the army!

Barbados cotton was viable until the government overruled a court decision by sending in the army!

The Good Old Days when Caribbean Sea Island Cotton made money

I guess there are a few folks in government who believe that Barbados can re-create the success that we initially had with the Caribbean Sea Island Cotton brand and business implemented by Nitin Amersey back in the early 1990’s. Amersey, who was known the world over as the “Godfather of Cotton” learned a hard lesson in Barbados. As soon as the joint venture with the government was profitable, the government figured they didn’t need him anymore so they seized the company.

When a Barbados court issued an order returning the cotton and assets back to Amersey, the government sent in the army (!) to seize the cotton in direct contravention of the court order. Apparently this Canadian investor and his family were threatened, his house was threatened to be burned down and two Barbados policeman were sent to Montreal to intimidate Mr. Amersey.

After that fiasco, the Barbados cotton industry never recovered and the country was unable to find another sucker investor foolish enough interested in putting money into Barbados cotton.

That is the simple truth about Barbados cotton, so friends you must forgive us if we say that the CBC article stinks of fresh cow droppings.

Further Reading

Keltruth Blog: How the Barbados Government used the Military to Destroy a Canadian Investor, and in so Doing Destroyed the Entire Cotton Industry

BFP: From Hardwood To Soft Cotton – An Expose Of The Disaster That Is The Barbados Sea Island Cotton Company

BFP: Nitin Amersey – Sea Cotton Story: When The Barbados Government Sent In The Military To Overrule The Barbados Courts!

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Time To Obtain Justice In Barbados Courts: 17 Years… or Never

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Caribbean Court of Justice Hammers Barbados Courts Again

Looking for justice in Barbados? Don’t hold your breath. Barbados courts can move swiftly if the ruling party needs a judgment or some stamp of approval on the expropriation of land, but if it is not in the interest of certain elites, court cases can drag on for decades.

The courts in Barbados have always been a highly politicized but this reality moved to new heights during the BLP government when then-Prime Minister Owen Arthur appointed his long time political colleague and Attorney General as the Chief Justice of Barbados. The move effectively consolidated the power of the government and the courts under the control of Barbados political elites – and the image of both the courts and the Office of the Chief Justice have never recovered.

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Certainly when David Anthony Cathcart Simmons agreed to accept the position from his old friend Owen Arthur, the act brought the administration of justice in Barbados into disrepute. It is the very presence of a career politician, former Attorney General and former Acting Prime Minister as Chief Justice that warns ordinary people that they haven’t a hope of seeing justice in Barbados. (See David Simmons’ bio here. Very impressive career politician!)

But what is the image of our Justice System and our country compared to raw power and personal ambition? No matter, in Barbados the courts, the judges, the prosecutors and the government are all the same. One might even be able to throw the news media into the mix too.

And don’t forget, folks… Chief Justice Sir David Simmons also publicly stated that he wants to see all Barbados police and military personnel united into one agency under government control!

“It must be admitted that Chief Justice Sir David Simmons knows a thing or two about consolidation of power.”

We at Barbados Free Press continue to hammer the issue of the politicization of our courts because it is foundational to rights and freedoms for all in our country. When citizens or foreigners become involved in disputes with the elites or the government, they simply cannot rely upon Barbados courts to deliver independent, impartial and fair justice. In Barbados, the courts are often used as a blunt weapon to deny justice to victims. Oh, everything is done according to procedure: day by day, month by month, year by year and decade by decade until the weak die or give up.

And if the courts give a decision that the government of the day doesn’t like? The foreign investor is just as likely to see the army sent in with guns to overrule the court’s decision. They don’t usually print the story of Barbados Sea Island Cotton and Nitin Amersey in the local news!

That is the reality of our Barbados courts and it has been recognized again and again but nothing changes.

Here is the latest story. Just today’s story — but citizens and foreign investors alike should be aware that if they have a dispute with one of the Barbados elites or the government, this is what they are in for…

CCJ criticises island’s judiciary

by WADE GIBBONS

BARBADOS’ JUDICIARY has once again come in for sharp criticism from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over its tardiness.

The admonishment came during the recent judgement in an appeal brought by former chief electrical engineer Winton Campbell against the Office of The Attorney General. The CCJ’s final ruling marked almost 17 years that Campbell’s case had been making the rounds in the judicial system.

Following an enquiry into the Electrical Inspection Department, a report to Government in 1989 proposed a reorganisation and transferral of some of its functions to the Ministry of Transport and Works.

continue reading this Nation article CCJ Criticises Island’s Judiciary

Further Reading

BFP – Oct 3, 2008: Would Bussa Have Accompanied Barbados Chief Justice and Prime Minister To Chinese Embassy Celebration?

BFP – July 25, 2008: Pastor Jippy Doyle – Barbados Child Sex Trial Finally Starts After 7 Years – Police Witness Died Weeks Ago!

BFP – July 16, 2008: How One Of The Richest Women In Barbados Was Robbed Of Everything By Scheming Lawyers, Politicians and Government Insiders

BFP – July 12, 2008: Rule Of Law Dead In Barbados: Government Allows Certain Companies To Ignore Laws

BFP – July 2, 2008: Child Rape Haven Barbados – 12-Year-Old Girl Raped Ten Years Ago, No Trial For Ten Years – Defense Lawyers Succeed In Subverting Courts

BFP – April 14, 2008: Chaotic & Corrupt Land Titles System Makes For Risky Real Estate Transactions In Barbados

BFP – Feb 28, 2008: Nation News Prints Damning Condemnation Of Barbados Justice System

BFP – Feb 3, 2008: Nitin Amersey – Sea Cotton Story: When The Barbados Government Sent In The Military To Overrule The Barbados Courts!

Keltruth Blog: Police, Army and Chief Justice in Barbados

Keltruth Blog: Barbados Government’s Treatment of Those who Dare to Complain

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