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We intend to assist small farmers by accessing financial resources so that they can increase production and access regional markets. The Party will put into place a farmers' development programme that will include the clearing and fencing of lands for cooperative usage of farmlands.

Gateway

TO THE

Future

MANIF.ESTO 2004

by Central government. This will include providing proper drainage and sidewalks where necessary and the training of young people in Road Construction and Maintenance.

AGRICULTURE

We will create a viable agricultural sector where most of our efforts will be place on organically grown produce. We intend to assist small farmers by accessing financial resources so that they can increase production and access regional markets. The Party will put into place a farmers' development programme that will include the clearing and fencing of lands for cooperative usage

of farming lands.

This

programme

will

provide,

technical assistance, equipments, seedlings and a marketing outlet. In the future we will develop a food processing plant that will enable those in the agriculture and fisheries sector to add value to their produce.

SMALL BUSINESS

The BPM is committed to the establishment of a successful business sector on Barbuda. We will again provide the avenues where financial resources can be accessed so that they can increase capacity and productivity. We want to create an economic environment where the movement of goods and service will directly make a positive impact on the life of every Barbudan.

We will approach and collaborate with developmental research agencies in

FISHERIES

The BPM will seek further investment in this sector of the economy. Action will be taken to access funding for the greater mechanization of boats operating in the Lobster and Fishing Industry. Also we will continue to pressure Central government to improve the facilities at the Lagoon and Pearl

Harbor

wharfs

to

ensure

docking,

cold

storage

that and

distribution facilities are improved. The funds that the Japanese have allocated to Antigua and Barbuda will be used for these purposes, if this avenue fails the Party will seek other sources to fully develop the Fishing industry.

SPORTS CULTURE & YOUTH AFFAIRS

The Sports Complex in the village will be completed based on terms and conditions that are favourable to the people. We will use our own labour force to make this dream a reality for the youth.

The BPM will continue to promote Sporting Scholarships overseas for young people who demonstrate talent in the areas of Basketball, Track and Field Athletics and Cricket. Improvements will be made to existing facilities; which include the fencing of the Football and Athletics field. Relationships will be developed with the Leeward Island Cricket Association, the

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