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Collaboration is Essential to Caribbean Agriculture, Says CTA

Prensa Latina, 25 Oct 2016

October 25, 2016

George Town, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Michael Hailu, director of the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), recognized that collaboration was essential to the Caribbean agriculture these days to reach the international market.

Hailu spoke on Monday at the first session of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA-2016), which is currently held in Caiman Islands, and remarked that the development partners and their institution, should be allied to the private sector and small producers, the tourist industry, researchers and innovators, and policy makers.

This way, we will have a modern food-and-agriculture sector, strong and flexible, producing healthy and nutritious food, as well as employment for young people in the Caribbean region, he added.

CTA is an international organization that includes countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and works with the European Union. Its objective is to improve food and nutritional security, as well as the management of natural resources.

Caiman Ilsnads' Minister of Agriculture Kurt Tibbets also spoke at the CWA-2016 and said success of this sector in the Caribbean depended on investment, finances and several facilities and services, as irrigation and storage.

Such motive leads to take into account certain geopolitical events, due to which investment in agriculture is essential for food security in the area, said the director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Berton Clarke.

Thus, the institutions that support development in the sector should be more efficient, starting from mechanisms that favor that small producers have more access to financing, he said.