The chain of islands known as the Bahamas, officially called the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, consists of 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic OceanThe Bahamian economy is heavily dependent on the tourism and financial services sectors. Agriculture and fisheries sectors account for 5% of both GDP and employment. Despite this, the importance of these sectors to the socioeconomic well-being of the country cannot be ignored.

An estimated 80% ($250 million worth) of the Bahamian food supply continues to be imported. Expansion of the agriculture and fisheries sectors in sustainable, cost effective ways can only assist in the diversification of the local economy and reduce its dependency on imports.

Agricultural production in the Bahamas focuses on four main areas: crops, poultry, livestock and dairy, with most agriculture products consumed domestically.

The Bahamas exports lobster and some fish but does not raise these items commercially.

Action Plan for Agriculture

The government aims to:


With regard to land use, agriculture is carried out on small plots throughout the most of the islands with about 1% of the land area cultivated. The government has taken steps to expand and improve agriculture in reserving 182,000 hectares (452,000 acres) exclusively for farming, of which 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) is for fruit farming.

Most of the land earmarked for low-cost agricultural leases are found on Andros, Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Agriculture is done on a small scale, producing mainly for domestic consumption. The most lucrative export is grapefruit, generating US$459,000 in 2010.

Investment opportunities

The Bahamas archipelago gives it a unique opportunity to diversify its agricultural output.

  • Creating more livestock processing quarters on more islands can go a long way in alleviating the pressure on the facility currently available.
  • Expansion of agricultural production on the less populous islands can bring added revenue for the expanding economy.
  • Expansion of the fisheries subsector is a great opportunity due to close proximity to the intended market, the U.S.

Main Activities

Major Crops for Bahamas include:

  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Tomatoes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Cucumbers
  • Sugar Cane
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Sweet Potatoes


Ministry of Agriculture, and Marine Resources

Department of Marine Resources

Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC)

Bahamas Development Bank

Bahamas Investment Authority


No.Name (Acronym):Type of Business / Role(s)Contact Person/ Designation / Postal AddressContact Information
1.North Cat Island Cooperative Society LimitedAS-F / TMEvelyn Dean Arthur’s Town, Cat Island P.O. Box SS-6314, Nassau BahamasTel: (242) 354-6071, (242) 393-3691; Fax: (242) 354-6174, (242) 394-5834
   Octavia Johnson Arthur’s Town, Cat IslandTel: (242) 302-0700
2.New Providence Livestock and Producers Cooperative Society LimitedAS-F / TMLori Roach P.O. Box N-7548, Nassau, BahamasTel: (242) 361-4332; Fax: (242) 341-2226
3.Grand Bahama Farmers Cooperative Society LimitedAS-F / TMJoan Bowe Secretary P.O. Box F-43145, Freeport, Grand BahamaTel: (242) 352-4500; Fax: (242) 352-3905 Email:
 Oscar Campbell ChairmanTel: (242) 353 4560
4.Abaco Agricultural Cooperative Society LimitedAS-F / TMC. Lightbourne-Burrows, Secretary Lennie Etienne, Chairman P.O. Box AB-20875, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTel: (242) 367-2292; (242) 577-0033
5.North Abaco Fishing Cooperative Society LtdAS-F / TMCleola Pinder, Secretary Treasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasTel: (242) 365-2040; Fax: (242) 355-2164 Email:
6.Bahamas Cooperative League LimitedNGO / RGFrank Davis P.O. Box SS-6314, Nassau, BahamasTel: (242) 393-3691; Fax: (242) 393-3700 Email:
7.Eleuthera Agricultural Cooperative Society LimitedAS-F / TMIan Goodfellow Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, BahamasTel: (242) 377 5000 Fax: (242) 377 5001
   Lady Diane ThampsonTel: (242) 335 5006
8.Fish and Farm Supply Store Charles Adderley P. O. Box N 3028, Nassau, BahamasTel: (242) 393-2311 Fax: (242) 394 0964
9.Grand Bahamas Credit Union ltd Brenda Plakkanis PO Box F-43732 
10.Cat Island Credit union Ltd Janet Moncur Eric Moncur General DeliveryTel: (242) 342 6032 / 6046 Fax: (242) 342 6035
11.Berry islands Cooperative Credit Union Ltd Mrs. Ina Sturrup, Secretary Norman Bastian, Chairman Bullocks Harbour Berry Islands General DeliveryTel: (242) 367 8293
12.Abaco NeemPRV / PS-EMr. Nicholas Mlaoulis P.O. Box AB 20317 Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367 4117
13.San Andros citrusPRV / PS-EMr. Linden Gaitor North Andros General Delivery 
14.CascarillaPRV / PS-ELeonard Roker P.O. Box N-4437Tel: (242) 325 7096


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