According to the Minister, “there is need to revitalize the regional agriculture sector and re-position it to take its rightful place as a chief economic stimulant and the pivot of the Community’s renewed food security and food sovereignty thrust.”
Meanwhile, Christopher Tufton, Minister of Agriculture in Jamaica and Chairman of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu threw out a challenge to the Community, to “bring the Cinderella sector out of the closet” so that it could make a remarkable contribution to economic development.
The Agriculture Sector, he charged, was neglected, with focus being paid instead to the services and tourism sectors. The food crisis, he pointed out, has exposed the flaws in that development model.
Pointing to the resilience of agriculture, particularly on the basis of its nine per cent growth in 2009, Minister Tufton said that building capacity to produce more, must become the quest of the Region.
Both Ministers were at the time addressing the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which was held in St. George’s, Grenada.
The Caribbean Week of activities began on 16th October and concluded on 22nd October.