Agricultural Products (Tomatoes) Rules

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Published: 1938-08-15

Agricultural Products (Tomatoes) Rules
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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS (TOMATOES) RULES

(SECTION 4)
[Commencement 15th August, 1938]

1. These Rules may be cited as the Agricultural
Products (Tomatoes) Rules.

2. In these Rules, unless the context otherwise
requires —

“Association” means a Tomato Growers’ Association
organized under articles of association for a
district or districts to facilitate the growing and
packing of tomatoes intended for export and
recognized by the Minister;

“district” means a settlement in New Providence or in
an Out Island or any combination of settlements;

“Inspector” means a person appointed by the
Minister for the purposes of these Rules;

“licensee” means a person nominated by an associa-
tion or the Minister and licensed by the Minister
to grade and pack tomatoes;

“Minister” means the Minister charged with the
responsibility for the administration of the Act.

3. There may be established in each of the under-
mentioned districts or such other districts as the Minister
may from time to time by notice in the Gazette prescribe
one or more packing house or houses at which all tomatoes
intended for export shall be graded and packed. Each
packing house shall be operated under and controlled by a
licence to be issued at the discretion of the Minister.

New Providence:
(a) Sandilands.

Cat Island:
(a) Arthur’s Town;
(b) Dumfries.

Eleuthera:
(a) Governor’s Harbour;
(b) North and South Palmetto Point;
(c) Savannah Sound;
(d) Tarpum Bay;

G.N. 225/1938
5 of 1987

Citation.

Interpretation.

Packing houses.

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(e) Rock Sound;
(f) Gregory Town;
(g) Deep Creek;
(h) Wemyss’ Bight.

4. Every licensee shall be required to enter into a bond
with one or more sureties as may be required and approved
by the Minister in a sum not exceeding two hundred
dollars conditioned that the licensee shall satisfactorily
operate packing houses and observe and perform all the
obligations and duties imposed by these Rules. Upon a
breach of the conditions of any licence or of any such bond
the Minister may revoke the licence forthwith.

5. (1) Packing house licences shall be of two kinds,
namely, a general packing house licence for a district or a
special packing house licence to an individual.

(2) A special packing house licence may be granted
to any person who can satisfy the Minister that he is by his
own efforts financing and cultivating forty or more acres
of tomatoes.

(3) General and special licences may be granted by
the Minister upon application in writing and shall be in such
terms and in such form as the Minister shall prescribe.

6. Every packing house shall be suitably equipped
in every respect to the satisfaction of the Inspector or an
officer of the Ministry for the grading and packing of
tomatoes. Packing houses must have sufficient floor areas
allocated for storage purposes.

7. Every licensee shall be entitled to make a charge
for grading and packing tomatoes and also for field boxes
supplied to growers. Such charges shall be subject to the
Minister’s approval and shall not without the prior
approval of the Minister be varied. Tomatoes intended
for export shall be conveyed to a packing house in
standard field boxes or containers of similar design
approved by the Inspector.

8. Tomatoes intended for export shall be packed
either in the British Columbia 201b. lug with inside
measurements 15¾ x 15¾ x 4½ inches, or the Mexican 30
lb. lug with inside measurements 16¼ x 13½ x 5 inches, the
last measurement without battens.

Bond.

5 of 1987, s. 2.

Packing house
licences.

Equipment of
packing houses.

Charge for
grading and
packing.

Requirements for
packing.

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(a) In the British Columbia 20 lb. lug, the following
sizes shall be recognized for purposes of export:

50’s 5 x 5 of uniform size, 2 tier deep, wrapped;
60’s 5 x 6 of uniform size, 2 tier deep, wrapped;
72’s 6 x 6 of uniform size, 2 tier deep, wrapped;
84’s 6 x 7 of uniform size, 2 tier deep, wrapped;
98’s 7 x 7 of uniform size, 2 tier deep, wrapped;
(b) in the Mexican 301b. lug the following sizes shall

be recognized for purposes of export:
75’s 5 x 5 of uniform size, 3 tier deep, wrapped;
90’s 5 x 6 of uniform size, 3 tier deep, wrapped;
108’s 6 x 6 of uniform size, 3 tier deep, wrapped;
126’s 6 x 7 of uniform size, 3 tier deep, wrapped;
147’s 7 x 7 of uniform size, 3 tier deep, wrapped:
Provided that, to meet the requirements of any

particular trade or any special demand, the Minister may
permit the use of containers other than those specified
above.

9. No tomatoes shall be exported unless they are
packed in a packing house licensed for the purpose by the
Minister and/or have been subjected to inspection by the
Minister’s Inspector or an officer of the Ministry. Such
inspection may be made at any place prior to export and
any container or its contents which do not conform to
conditions specified in these Rules may be detained and
disallowed for export purposes.

10. The contents of each lug shall be uniform in
respect of size, grade and maturity and the fruit must be
free from worm holes, splits, scars or defects of any
description whatsoever.

11. A tight pack shall be required in all sizes of
tomatoes packed for export.

12. (1) All lugs intended for export shall be marked
legibly and in plain letters on the outside with —

(a) the name or identification mark of shipper;
(b) the size of fruit they contain; and
(c) the registered number of the packing house and

shall bear an attractive label with indication that
the contents are produced in The Bahamas.

Inspection of
packed tomatoes.

Contents to be
uniform.

Tight pack.

Lugs intended
for export.

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(2) Samples of such labels to be used by licensees shall
be submitted to the Minister for approval and registration
purposes.

(3) Every lug shall contain thereon the words,
“Graded and packed under Government supervision”
and each label shall be affixed under the supervision of
an Inspector.

(4) No buyer of any lugs or any other person shall
alter or deface the original label of any pack which has
been purchased for shipment abroad.

13. Every packing house shall be under the personal
supervision of an Inspector to be appointed by the
Minister and his decision in any matter that may arise
regarding the grading and packing or rejection of tomatoes
for export shall be final.

14. Every Inspector is hereby authorized —
(a) to inspect all buildings intended to be used for

packing houses and to specify the number of bins
and general necessary equipment that should be
made available to meet the respective require-
ments of the district concerned and to report to
the Minister;

(b) to enter upon licensed packing houses for
inspection purposes at any time;

(c) to inspect all tomatoes coming into any packing
house and to condemn any tomatoes or packed
lugs which in his opinion are unfit for export;

(d) to order any faulty lugs to be repacked and
generally to supervise the grading and packing
operations;

(e) to see that all lugs intended for export are
properly labelled and to satisfy himself that each
and every lug conforms to the required standard
in every respect.

15. It shall be lawful for the Minister to grant
packing house licences in respect of places other than those
specified in these Rules. Such licences shall be subject to
these Rules in all respects.

16. As from the coming into operation of these Rules,
all existing packing house licences shall be deemed to be
revoked.

Inspectors.

Powers of
Inspectors.

Packing house
licences.

Revocation.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

17. Whosoever assaults, molests, obstructs, resists,
aids or incites any other person to assault, molest, obstruct
or resist an Inspector or other officer of the Ministry or
any other employed or acting or proceeding to act by
authority of such officer or Inspector in the execution of
any of the powers or duties conferred or imposed upon
him by these Rules shall be guilty of a breach of these
Rules.

18. Any person who commits a breach of these Rules
for which no other penalty is provided shall be liable upon
summary conviction to a penalty of one hundred dollars.

ONIONS (EXPORT) RULES

(SECTION 4)
[Commencement 2nd May, 1942]

1. These Rules may be cited as the Onions (Export)
Rules.

2. In these Rules, unless the context otherwise
requires —

“Inspector” means a person appointed by the
Minister for the purposes of these Rules;

“Minister” means the Minister charged with the
responsibility of the administration of the Act;

“package” means any container wherein the export of
onions is permitted under rule 4 of these Rules;

“packing house” means the premises specified in a
licence wherein the licensee grades and packs
onions for export.

3. (1) No onions shall be exported unless graded and
packed by a licensee.

(2) Any person who exports or attempts to export,
or packs onions for export contrary to the provisions of this
rule shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on
summary conviction to a fine of two hundred dollars.

Offences against
Inspector, etc.

Breach of Rules.

5 of 1987, s. 2.

G.N. 129/1942
5 of 1987

Citation.

Interpretation

5 of 1987, s. 2.

Packing of
onions for export
prohibited except
by licensee.
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