Hector’s statement comes following his participation at the 9th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, CWA, held in Grenada.
The NIA’s agriculture minister believed the hosting of the annual observance, through meetings, was extremely beneficial.
According to him, “Agriculture within the Caribbean is plagued with a number of problems, particularly, lack of investment.”
“Being at the Week of Caribbean Agriculture would have given us a chance to reflect in terms of what we are doing here in Nevis and how it fits into the regional plan and also the global plan of food security,” the minister explained.
Despite the many problems outlined by the agriculture minister, he remains adamant that the NIA’s ministry and department of Agriculture play substantial roles in the development of the industry.
The annual meeting which was held at the Grenada National Stadium in St. George’s was also attended by representatives from allied agencies; CARDI, the Food and Agriculture Organisation [FAO], the Technical Centre for Cooperation on Agriculture [CTA] and CARICOM. The allied agencies according to Minister Hector “are working towards the common theme of sustainable agriculture.”