Leslie Minns

As an agricultural economist and lecturer at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) in North Andros Leslie Minns believes there is far more to agriculture than just farming and that realizing the country’s potential is the key to creating a Modern Bahamas.

Leslie regularly enlightens educators, parents and students interested in agriculture and marine science that The Bahamas is over endowed with possibilities in agriculture.

“Our country is rich in natural resources, everything from timber, cotton, mahogany and coal. In order to build a stronger and more modern Bahamas, we need to start taking advantage of what we have and we need to continue to share the endless possibilities available in this field.”

Leslie also acts at the marketing manager and market analyst at the BAMSI distribution centre in Nassau. He believes that with over 3.5 million acres of land and a population of only 400,000 there is no reason for the country to continue importing over 95 per cent of its food supply. Annually, the Bahamas spends roughly $1 Billion on importing food. Farming will be a catalyst for economic development throughout the entire Bahamas.

“We need less than 10,000 acres to feed the whole country,” explains Leslie. “It’s a no-brainer. The economic opportunities in this sector are endless and we have the potential to use our resources to create a more modern Bahamas.”

The BAMSI Institute is revolutionizing the agricultural and marine sectors in The Bahamas; diversifying the country’s economy, encouraging entrepreneurship and training and promoting community development. BAMSI is a key part of the Government’s overall plan to build a more modern and prosperous nation. Come grow with us!

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