About The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government

Mission

To enhance the ability of the farming and fisheries sectors 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; and to provide the enabling regulatory environment for the protection and preservation of the national agricultural and marine resources 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

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

  • Agriculture
  • Produce Exchange
  • Packing Houses
  • Food Production
  • Fish and Farm Store
  • Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre
  • Stores on Credit
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Horticulture
  • Quality Control of Food and Beverage
  • Potters Cay Dock
  • Veterinary Services and Animal Diseases
  • Public Market
  • Down Home Fish Fry
  • Slaughter Houses
  • Agricultural Lands
  • Craft Markets
  • Development of Handicraft
  • Industry and Manufacturing
  • Small Business Development
  • Relations with the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
  • Fisheries Relations with Local Government Authorities
  • Local Improvement Associations
  • Regattas
  • Home coming
  • Bahamas  Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI)
  • 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).

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. Rena Glinton, Acting  Permanent Secretary; Mr. Cephas Cooper, Under Secretary; Mr. Simeon Pinder, Director of Agriculture; Mr. Michael Braynen, Director of Marine Resources; and Mr. Nathaniel Adderley, 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      
Minister
(242) 397-7400 /328-2700

Rena Glinton
Permanent Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-mail: renaglinton@bahamas.gov.bs

Cephas Cooper               
Under Secretary
(242) 397-7400
E-mail: cephascooper@bahamas.gov.bs

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

Michael Braynen       
Director of Marine Resources
(242) 393-1014
E-mail:  michaelbraynen@bahamas.gov.bs

Nathaniel Adderley       
Director of Cooperatives
(242) 397-7400    
E-mail: nathanieladderley@bahamas.gov.bs

Revis Rolle                            
Officer in charge/Local Gov.
(242) 328-2700  
E-mail: revisrolle@bahamas.gov.bs

Godfrey Eneas                                  
Director of BAMSI
(242) 397-6580  
E-mail: godfrey.eneas@gmail.com  

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

 

Ministry of Agriculture (242) 397-7400
Human Resources (242) 397-7400
Land Unit (242) 397-7400
Accounts   (242) 397-7400
Department of Agriculture (242) 397-7450
Department of Marine Resources (242) 393-1014
Department of Cooperatives (242) 397-7400
Department of Local Government (242) 328-2700
Bahamas Agriculture Marine Science Institute (242) 397-6580
Bahamas Agriculture Industrial Corporation (242) 396-3725/6

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 

Mrs. Gwendolyn Hammerton
Assistant Director of Agriculture
E-mail: gwendolynhammerton@bahamas.gov.bs 

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

Produce Exchange

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

Mrs. Delareese Grant
Marketing Officer/Produce Exchange Manger
E-mail: dellareesegrant@bahamas.gov.bs 

Mrs. Margal McIntosh
Senior Agricultural Superintendent
E-mail: margalmcintosh@bahamas.gov.bs

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

Mr. Prince Clarke
Senior Agricultural Superintendent

Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre

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

Root Crops

Dr. Kenneth Richardson
Sr. Agricultural Officer
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
Curator
Tel. (242) 361-4370
Fax.(242) 341-0271

Feed Mill

Mr. Michael Gibson
Agricultural Officer
Tel. (242) 361-4541
Fax. (242) 341-0271

Piggery

Mr. Junior Robinson
Agricultural Officer
Mr. Robert Farquharson
Senior Agricultural Superintendent
Tel.(242) 361-4541
Fax.(242) 341-0271

Livestock

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

Mechanic Workshop

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

Finn Damtoff Agricultural Library

Centreville Professional Plaza Building
Suite #6
8th Terrace and East Court
Centreville
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 325-1796
Fax.(242) 325-8803

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

 

Family Island Extension Officers and Packing House Managers
                                                                                                       
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) 352-2145

Nicholls Town, Andros

Mr. Stephen Adderley
Senior Agricultural Superintendent
Tel. (242) 329-1134
Fax. (242) 329-1134

O'Neals, Long Island

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

Green Castle, Eleuthera

Mr. Godfrey Deveaux
Packing House Manager
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

Mrs. Juanita Monestine
Packing House Manager
Tel. (242) 358-7156
Fax.(242) 358-7157

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. Michael Braynen
Director of Marine Resources
E-mail: michaelbraynen@bahamas.gov.bs


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


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


Patricia Bethel
Assistant Director of Marine Resources
E-mail: patriciabethel@bahamas.gov.bs

Department of Co-operative Societies

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

Mr. Nathaniel Adderley
Director of Societies
E-mail: nathanieladderley@bahamas.gov.bs


Ms. Theresa Deleveaux
Deputy Director of Societies
E-mail: theresadeleveaux@bahamas.gov.bs

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation

East Bay Street
Levy Building
P.O. Box N-4940
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 322-3740
Fax. (242) 322-2123

Mr. Edison Key
Executive Chairman
Email: edisonkey@baic.gov.bs

Mr. Benjamin Rahming
General Manager
E-mail: benjaminrahming@baic.gov.bs

Mr. Don Major
Deputy General Manger
E-mail: donmajor@baic.gov.bs

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

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