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CARICOM Highlights Importance of Investment for Caribbean Agriculture

Prensa Latina, Georgetown, 28 Oct 2016

October 28, 2016

The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Irwin LaRocque, highlighted today the importance of investment for boosting the development of agriculture in the region. 'The plan for encouraging a greater investment in agriculture goes in accordance with the Caricom Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2019,' LaRocque said at an event.

According to LaRocque, regional agriculture needs more competitiveness in order to grow and create jobs, one of the areas of high priority for the implementation of the program.

The executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Barton Clarke, also mentioned the challenges faced by the Caribbean in order to achieve food and nutrition security for its population, and the need of increasing production and trade.

Michael Hailu, executive director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, acknowledged the negative impact caused by the huge amount of food imports to the region.

Hailu backed the idea of investment in the food sector and agriculture because it creates many opportunities for the Caribbean and also urged governments to create conditions and incentives for further growth in the food sector.

The Week of the Caribbean Agriculture 2016 covers a wide range of topics, including the coconut industry, the agribusiness development, governance and public policies for food and nutrition, and the role of the culinary arts for boosting to the sector within the regional organization.