Bennys/Stills to grow their own food?

#2
I thought they already did,it's got 4 legs and a wooly coat,mind you they could always p-p-pick up a penguin!;-)
 
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goatrutar

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#5
they enough mutton and potatoes to last them for ever, itll be room temperature budweiser and fosters theyll run out of in the "socials" before anything else.
Off topic I know, but do you really drink Fosters over there (snigger)? That dog piss is Oz's biggest stitch up ever.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#7
should be doable but I would spend a bit more and set up a proper system with wind powered heating or ground source pumps.

do it right and they would make a small fortune supplying mpa and the ships which call in - do it wrong and it would end up like the irish banana.
 
#10
they wont be self sustaining for power, FIPAS put such a massive import duty on Wind generator parts its unfeasible to import them, instead everyone buys their electricity from the desiel powered generator at the back of Stanley (owned by FIPAS) who also charge duty on the fuel.

(As a private company I appreciate they arent really setting the import duties, but as the sole owners of the only deppwater quayside in the Islands, anything that gets imported crosses their threshold and they own the warehousing prior to collection. - Absolute rip off! (owned by Coleman in the UK)
 
#11
It will be a cluster - i seem to remember a fish farm idea - on an island surrounded by fish and with rivers full of the slimy ******* things, it occured to some Min of Ag guru that the island needed a freshwater fish farm, it being quite economical to ship fishfood half way around the world and then ship the trout all the way back again to an island which exports them anyway.

They built it in Fox bay as I remember it...........the only place in the Falklands with a recurring water shortage problem.......
 
#12
It will be a cluster - i seem to remember a fish farm idea - on an island surrounded by fish and with rivers full of the slimy ******* things, it occured to some Min of Ag guru that the island needed a freshwater fish farm, it being quite economical to ship fishfood half way around the world and then ship the trout all the way back again to an island which exports them anyway.
I have it on good authority that the bloke in charge of the programme has quit that particular job... he's now working in MoD Procurement.
 
#13
That's amazing I've never seen anyone drink it here. Must be desperate.
On a par with that sheep dip called XXXX [4X] ... Was it not XXXX brewer who made a mint selling that chemical crap to the Yanks when they arrived in Queensland during the war? VB is the only half decent Aussie brew and comes in on a scale of 1 out of 10 compared with real ale. It's so bad, I have to drink vino when visiting my family in Brisbane, Gympie and all points north.
...................... anyway back on thread ............ no reason not to grow their own given the advances in agriculture over the last few decades.
 
#16
I'm surprised they aren't self sufficient as it is...
 
#17
They had a fair old variety when I was last down there (2009-2010)
Mate of mine (ex-RE he be) actually lives down there and reckons that it is fine provided you like gassy lager.

He also tries to grow his own fresh in poly tunnels and so it's feasible but will take a bit more than the planned amount of 250k to get it really going.
Doing it on the cheap persuading the islanders to actually work at it individually is likely to trip up. One needs to do it on a reasonable scale with a couple of farms dedicated to it.
The hardest part will be growing enough barley to make a decent brew methinks, although persuading the Bennies that fresh veg doesn't come in a can as nature intended may actually top that.
 
#18
Can't they brew their own?

If not would it be worth me moving down there to set up a micro brewery.
 
#19
Mate of mine (ex-RE he be) actually lives down there and reckons that it is fine provided you like gassy lager.
Who's that then mate? There's a couple or so ex RE down there.

Things have changed on the beer front and there is now a fair variety both in pubs and the West Store ... just nothing on tap as it is all bottles and cans. But there was certainly John Smiths, McEwans, Boddingtons, Caffreys, Guinness, Spitfire, Magners, Strongbow, Woodpecker, Fosters, Bud and a host of other beer available (especially lagers).

Lots of people have their own poly tunnels now and grow some veg and fruit as the cost of imported fresh from shops is astronomical. When we went down in November 2009 to start the demining I went to the West Store to do a shop and was shocked at the prices ... I remember seeing a lonely red pepper far past it's best and on sale for 3 quid! Spent 6 months eating frozen veg. Meat was very cheap though as was a litre and a half bottle of Chilean wine which provided me with my 5 a day!

Some of the settlements on camp also commercially produce a fair old amount of veg these days but all the good stuff gets sold off to the cruise ships for hyper inflated prices.


Can't they brew their own?

If not would it be worth me moving down there to set up a micro brewery.
They tried that just after the conflict and produced Penguin Ale ... probably the worst beer in the world:

"The 1980s brought further changes to the brewery and a new enterprise half the world away. Following the conflict in the Falklands in 1982 the garrison on the islands was radically increased and the problem of supplying the forces with home comforts included the lack of English beer. To supply this need a micro-brewery was set up the following year in Port Stanley with equipment and expertise from Everards to brew Penguin Ale for both the troops and the islanders. Unfortunately, this was not a success and brewing ceased in 1986."

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