About The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government

Overview of its responsibilities

To enhance the ability of the farming and fisheries sectors, and artisans to fuel economic  development, so as to improve the quality of life, by channeling human, financial and technical  resources  into areas where competitive advantage exists. To provide, the enabling regulatory environment through the  Department of Cooperative Society, for the protection and preservation of our agricultural and marine resources and guiding our heritage and traditions of Regattas and sloop sailing for future generations.

Mandate

The mandate of the Ministry is to implement, monitor, review and evaluate its policies and the work programmes for the development of the Departments of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Cooperative Development to ensure compliance with the overall goals and objectives of the Government.
 

Portfolio of the Minister

Departments within its portfolio includes:

Ministry of Agriculture, Administration, Agricultural Lands, the Montagu Fish Vendors,  Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay Vendors; Regattas, Homecoming and Festivals; Departments of Agriculture; Cooperatives and Marine Resources; Bahamas Marine and Science Institute (BAMSI); Bahamas  Agricultural and Industrial Corporation(BAIC);
 

The Honourable Renward Ricardo Wells, Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town, is the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources. His portfolio includes:           

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources
  • Agriculture Food Production
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Horticulture
  • Quality Control of Food and Beverage
  • Potters Cay Dock
  • Veterinary Services and Animal Diseases
  • Public Markets
  • Down Home Fish Fry
  • Regattas
  • Homecoming and Festivals
  • Slaughter Houses
  • Agricultural Lands
  • Cooperatives
  • Craft Markets
  • Credit Unions
  • Small Business Development
  • Relations with the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
  •  Fisheries
  • Bahamas  Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI)
  • Department of Marine Resources

The Ministry also oversees relations with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), CARICOM (agricultural and fisheries related matters), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) (agricultural and fisheries related matters), World Trade Organization (WTO) (agricultural and fisheries related matters) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) (agricultural and fisheries related matters).

Department of Marine Resources

  • Fisheries
  • Food Safety Laboratory
  • Marine Protected Areas

Department of Cooperatives

  • Credit Unions
  • Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Farmers Associations

The Ministry also oversees relations with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), CARICOM (agricultural and fisheries related matters), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) (agricultural and fisheries related matters), World Trade Organization (WTO) (agricultural and fisheries related matters) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) (agricultural and fisheries related matters).

Administration

The administrative team comprises Ms. Phedra M. Rahming, Permanent Secretary; Mr. Alphaeus Forbes, Under Secretary;    Mr. Simeon Pinder, Director of Agriculture; Mr. Edison Deleveaux, Acting Director of Marine Resources; and Ms. Judy Simmons, Acting Director of Societies. The Headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is located in the Island Traders Building, East Bay Street, Nassau.

Agriculture

The responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture are veterinary services, animal slaughter, food technology,  food standards, land clearing, the issuing of sanitary and phyto-sanitary permits, the administration of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), farmer registration and import licensing for fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, cats, dogs and other plant and animal species.

Marine Resources

The Department of Marine Resources grants permits for commercial fishing; the duty-free importation of fishing vessels and fishing gear; the trapping of crawfish; the use of compressors; aqua-culture; sea-food processing and the export of fishery products. The Department is also responsible for inspection and certification of fishery products.

Cooperatives

The cooperative concept was introduced to The Bahamas as an investment model more than thirty years ago. Since that introduction the sector has grown significantly and currently has a membership of more than 30,000 Bahamian investors, who are shareholders in sixteen Credit Unions, six Producers Services Cooperatives and five school-based Cooperative Societies. Total assets of the sector, which directly employs about 300 persons, are in excess of $240 million dollars.  The Department of Cooperatives is empowered by the Cooperative Societies Act 2005, which ensures that the Department has the legislative and regulatory framework necessary for governance and effective prudential regulation of the Cooperative sector and allows for its expansion as a major engine of economic growth and social development especially within the Family Islands.

 

Contact Details for The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources

Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources
Island Traders Building
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3028
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 397-7400
Fax. (242) 322-1767
E-mail: minagriculturemarine@bahamas.gov.bs

Administration

Hon. Renward Ricardo Wells, M. P.      
Minister
(242) 397-7400 /328-2700

Ms. Phedra Rahming
Permanent Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-mail: phedrarahming@bahamas.gov.bs

Ms. Barbara Albries
Deputy Permanent Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-mail: barbaraalbries@bahamas.gov.bs

Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown
(Acting) Deputy Permanent Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-Mail: lindamoxey-brown@bahamas.gov.bs

Alphaeus Forbes               
Under Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-mail: alphaeusforbes@bahamas.gov.bs

Simeon Pinder           
Director of Agriculture
(242) 397-7450
E-mail:  simeonpinder@bahamas.gov.bs

Edison Deleveaux       
Director of Marine Resources
(242) 393-1777
E-mail:  edisondeleveaux@bahamas.gov.bs

Judy Simmons       
Acting Director of Cooperatives Societies
(242) 397-7400    
E-mail: judysimmons@bahamas.gov.bs

Alaasis Braynen                                  
CEO/General Manager of BAMSI
(242) 397-6580  
E-mail: alasisbraynen@hotmail.com  

Troy Sampson                             
General Manager for BAIC
(242) 396-3725/6 
E-mail:  troysampson@baic.gov.bs

Department of Agriculture

Darville's Business Complex
Gladstone and Munnings Roads
P.O. Box N-3028
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 397-7450/325-7438
Fax. (242) 325-3960
E-mail: minagriculturemarine@bahamas.gov.bs

Mr. Simeon Pinder
Director of Agriculture
E-mail: simeonpinder@bahamas.gov.bs 

Ms. Charmaine Price
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: charmaineprice@bahamas.gov.bs

Mr. Gregory Rahming
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: gregoryrahming@bahamas.gov.bs

Mr. Komal Smith
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: komalsmith@bahamas.gov.bs

Dr. Kenneth Richardson
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: kennethrichardson@bahamas.gov.bs

Mr. Basil Miller
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: basilmiller@bahamas.gov.bs

Mr. Anthony Gibson
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: anthonygibson@bahamas.gov.bs

Produce Exchange

Potters Cay
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 3931063, 376-2164
Fax. (242) 393-3672

Canine Control Unit
Botanical Gardens
Chippingham,
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 325-1173

Abbatoir

Farrington Road
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 325-1173
Fax. (242) 326-5664

Dr. Maurice Isaacs
Veterinarian officer

Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre

Gladstone Road
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel.(242) 361-4541

Root Crops

Dr. Kenneth Richardson
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Tel. (242) 361-4370
Fax.(242) 341-0271
E-mail: kennethrichardson@bahamas.gov.bs

Veterinary Services

Dr. Godfrey Springer
Sr. Veterinary Officer
Tel. (242) 341-1141
Fax. (242) 341-0271
E-mail: godfreyspringer@bahamas.gov.bs

Plant Propagation

Mr. Basil Miller
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Tel. (242) 361-4370
Fax.(242) 341-0271

Feed Mill

Mr. Andrew Pinder
Senior Agricultural Officer
Tel. (242) 361-4541
Fax. (242) 341-0271

Piggery

Tel.(242) 361-4541
Fax.(242) 341-0271

Livestock

Mr. Andrew Pinder
Sr. Agricultural Officer
Tel. (242) 341-1141

Mechanic Workshop

Mr. Foster Riley
Sr. Shift Operator
Tel. (242) 361-3614

Finn Damtoff Agricultural Library

#5 Village Road
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 325-1796
Fax.(242) 325-8803

Ms. Deborah Abang-Ntuen
Senior Agricultural Superintendent
E-mail: deborahabangntuen@bahamas.gov.bs

Family Island Extension Officers and Packing House Managers

Nicholls Town, Andros

Ms. Antoinette Pickstock
Officer in Charge
Tel. (242) 329-4128
Fax. (242) 329-4128

Marsh Harbour, Abaco     

Ms. Josephina Curry Adderley
Assistant Agricultural Superintendent
Tel. (242) 367-2240
Fax. (242) 341-0271

Freeport, Grand Bahama

Mrs. Melanie Williams
Agricultural Officer
P. O. Box F-4006
Tel. (242) 352-2144
Fax. (242) 352-4935

O'Neals, Long Island

Mr. Maurice Minnis
Chief Agricultural Superintendent
Tel. (242) 337-3276
Fax. (242) 337-3270

Green Castle, Eleuthera

Mrs. Bonnie Rolle
Officer In Charge
Tel.  (242) 334-6014
Fax. (242) 334-6296

Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera

Mr. Steve Stubbs
Packing House Manager
Tel. (242) 335-0189
Fax. (242) 335-0372

North Eleuthera

Ms. Winifred Munroe
Packing House Manager
Tel. (242) 337-3276
Fax. (242) 337-3270

Mt. Thompson, Exuma

Mr. Garth Rolle
Agricultural Officer
Tel. (242) 358-7156
Fax.(242) 358-7157

Cat Island

Virginia Romer
Officer in Charge
Tel: (242) 342-3087

Department of Marine Resources

East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3028
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 393-1777, 393-1096/7
Fax. (242) 393-0238

Mr. Edison Deleveaux
Acting Director of Marine Resources
E-mail: edisondeleveaux@bahamas.gov.bs


Mr. Keith Daley
Senior Food Technologist
Food Safety Laboratory
Gladstone Road
E-mail: keithdaley@bahamas.gov.bs

Department of Co-operative Societies

East Bay Street
Island Traders Building
P.O. Box N-3028
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 323-6601
Fax. (242) 356-4622

Ms. Judy Simmons
Acting Director of Societies
E-mail: judysimmons@bahamas.gov.bs

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation

Soldier Road
P.O. Box N-4940
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 396-3725
Fax. (242) 322-2123

Mr. Troy Sampson
General Manager
Email: troysampson@baic.gov.bs

Ms. Donnalee Bowe
Assistant General Manager
E-mail: donnaleebowe@baic.gov.bs

Mrs. Judith Thompson
Deputy General Manager
E-mail: judiththompson@baic.gov.bs

Ms. Vernita Rhodenwalt
Human Resources MAnager
E-mail: vernitarhodenwalt@baic.gov.bs

Mr. Lester Staurt
Assistant General Manager
Manager of Project Development
E-mail: lesterstuart@baic.gov.bs

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