Monday, April 30, 2007 – The restoration of life into the agricultural
sector and the path defined to do so has been outlined by Prime Minister the
Right Honourable John Compton, under six broad headings. The prime minister in
his Budget Address on the 2007/ 08 estimates of expenditure said the decline
which has presided over agriculture must be brought to a halt.
Prime Minister Compton recommended that as an economic base more must be done to
create and reinforce self-sustaining linkages between agriculture and other
sectors particularly tourism.
The Prime Minister said a concerted effort will be made to promote the sale of
domestic agricultural produce to the hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.
Other programs he outlined included the renewal of the Union Agricultural
Station, the development of the Roseau Research Complex and the Beausejour
Station as centres of excellence. Plans for the establishment of new fisheries
facilities were also highlighted as well as the completion and handing over of
the National Abbatoir within the next 18 months.
In respect to bananas the Prime Minister said it has been recognized that Inland
Reception and Distribution Centres are under utilized and ill-equipped to serve
as reception facilities. He proposed the upgrading of those facilities. The
Prime Minister winded down the list of plans by indicating that government will
undertake major investments in this fiscal year, all designed to revitalise