BAMSI president touts successes, future plans of institute
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recognizes the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) as a global innovation found nowhere else in the world, according to BAMSI President Godfrey Eneas.
Eneas, who is also The Bahamas’ ambassador to the FAO, said BAMSI has already been recognized internationally as a foremost program for agricultural and marine sciences, which will soon offer a postgraduate degree in conjuction with the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He added that one of BAMSI’s graduates has been hired as part of the team for the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).
According to Eneas, BAMSI has already brought 44 Andros farmers into its Associated Farmers program, which teaches farmers to grow products with hydroponic technology. BAMSI’s program then takes those farmers’ products to market with the assistance of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC).
Eneas said BAMSI’s distribution system is different from the produce exchange in Andros. He said BAMSI has strict standards that the produce it takes to market has to meet in order to be sold.
“We have certain production standards they agree to adhere to,” said Eneas.
He said when BAMSI has its electrical systems up and running it will begin fish farming, with its main production fish being tilapia.
Eneas said tilapia is the most widely rated fish across the world and the cheapest source of protein.
After BAMSI has begun its production processes, Eneas said it will take the technology to fishermen across the country to reproduce the process. He added that the same thing will be done with farmers across The Bahamas.
BAMSI is also in the process of revitalizing the sponging industry in Red Bays, Andros. Sponging was once a burgeoning industry in The Bahamas.
“The science part of sponging is being done by BAMSI,” said Eneas.