|Land For The Landless Programme|
The Land for the Landless Programme is a government initiative where arable land, both private and public, is made available through lease or license arrangements to bonafide farmers who otherwise would not be able to access lands.
About the programme
A range of diverse agricultural projects is encouraged with emphasis being placed on enterprises with the greatest projected social and economic benefits.
The programme is designed to empower Barbadians not only to provide for their families through Agrarian reform, especially in rural areas, but also to increase the productivity of value added agricultural products that will enable Barbados to become less dependent on imports.
Management of the Programme
Cabinet in its decision in July 2001, appointed the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) as the executing agency for the programme. In August 2001,the BADMC established a programme office. This office is managed by a programme manager, a senior agricultural assisant, an extension officer, a field officer and a clerk typist.
Request for Private Lands
Landowners are requested to make arable lands available to the programme. The government has lowered the threshold for land tax rebate, and waived the property transfer tax payable on the lease by private land owners who make their land available to the programme for a period of no less than 10 years.
A landlord with at least 1/4 acre will be accepted in the programme. There is no upper limit to the land area that could be made available to the programme.
Land must have no encumbrancy i.e any outstanding debts and ownership must be legally determined.
Funding for Farmers' Projects
Contact the following agencies:
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS HERE:
(For public lands managed by the BADMC)
(For private landowners interested in leasing agricultural land to private citizens with the BADMC liaising between the two parties)
(This is a draft template for private land owners interested in leasing land to the public for agricultural purposes)