The Status and Future of the Sugarcane Industry in the Indian Diaspora
Numerous studies have been done on ethnicity and agricultural practices all over the world, for example, “Ethnic Groups and Knowledge Systems in Agriculture” published in the journal Economic Development and Cultural Change (Jul., 1991), and “Ethnicity as a Determinant of Agriculture in an urban setting – Evidence from Tanzania” published in Geoforum (Aug., 2015). In many developing countries, this demographic information is not used in collecting data for surveys and censuses, making it impossible to evaluate the success of government and other programs in reaching diverse groups. The absence of this type of statistical information in multi-ethnic societies makes reports of agricultural production incomplete and inadequate, as well as challenging to formulate culturally-appropriate support policies and intervention strategies.
Because ethnic data is not collected in agriculture in the Indian Diaspora, answers to the following questions have to be speculative. How did migration from India from the 1840s changed agricultural practices in the Indian Diaspora during indenturership? What were the changes in farming among ex-indentured labourers and their descendants in the post-indenture period after the 1920s? How has the shift from rural to urban spaces and the acquisition of education impacted Indians’ traditional involvement in agriculture? At one time, every Indian family reared cows or planted rice and grew vegetables for home consumption and sale in the market. Are most of the farmers Indians in Mauritius, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname? Does ethnicity, gender, class and education determine engagement in agriculture? How many Indians cultivate the land today? How many of them occupy agricultural lands? What use is now being made of agricultural lands once used to grow sugarcane and cocoa? Is agriculture being discriminated against because of the predominance of Indians?
Please join us THIS SUNDAY for the 121st weekly ICC ZOOM Public Meeting, September 25, 2022 at (1.00 p.m. Belize), (3.00 p.m. New York/Eastern time), (3.00 p.m. Trinidad/Atlantic time), (3.00 p.m. Guyana), (4.00 p.m. Suriname), (8.00 p.m. England), (9.00 p.m. South Africa), (Sun 12 midnight, India, ND), (Mon 7.00 a.m. Fiji).
Indians in Agriculture in the Diaspora: Withdrawal, Migration or Discrimination?
HON. NAREND SINGH (South Africa) - Chief Whip in Parliament and Member of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Provincial Minister in KwaZulu-Natal in various portfolios, including Agriculture.
REYIND RAMNANDANLALL (Suriname) - General Manager B4Agro&FoodSystems.
Agribusiness knowledge service provider for Innovation, R&D, Training, Agriculture and Technology.
RIYADH MOHAMMED (Trinidad) - Livestock Scientist, Entrepreneur and the Lead Consultant of R and K Tropical Agriculture Production Ltd. Co-owner of Exotic Pets Plus Veterinary Clinic.
VED SEEREERAM (Trinidad) - Former Citibank managing director. Manager of a 60-acre farm with over 35 acres planted in trees and the remainder allocated to sugar cane for a small sugar cane factory.
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