The expression was given by Chairman of CARDI, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Timothy Harris, who, at the time was speaking to a wide cross section of the Trinidad and Tobago public during the recent celebration of CARDI’s 35th Anniversary.
CARDI has – for over thirty (30) years – distinguished itself as the preferred entity to provide applied research and development support to Caribbean agriculture and rural society.
“CARDI has developed expertise and experience in a large number of vegetables, fruits and small ruminants of interest to us in CARICOM. We must remain faithful and reliable in our financial support to CARDI,” Dr Harris told members of the Board of Directors, government officials, representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps and of international organizations and other invitees gathered for a public lecture on “Food and Nutrition Security – As The Basis Of A New Development Model”. The public lecture was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Dr Harris featured on the panel along with the Minister of Food Production of Trinidad and Tobago, Vasant Bharath and Dr Chelston Brathwaite of the school of agriculture of the University of the West Indies. The public lecture series was one of the highlights of the 35th Anniversary Commemorative activities put on by CARDI.
Meantime Dr Harris has asked CARDI to give special attention to how it may facilitate greater participation by the regional private sector in its work programme and in the Agriculture food chain. Dr Harris said that it was “important that we involve a well resource private sector in the food chain from engagement in commercial orchard farms to vegetable production and various downstream support activities such as labeling, packaging and storage”.
To garner the greater interest of the private sector CARDI must bring its experience and expertise to bear in establishing financial profiles for crops to demonstrate the profitability regimes along the food chain.