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Contact: Adhara King



Monday, March 19, 2012 New collaboration in agriculture and commerce will enhance the island's efforts to guard food security and improve standards of agricultural products.


Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, Honourable Emma Hippolyte met with the Regional Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Florita Kentish, last week.  The minister took the opportunity to discuss the issues of food security and maintaining quality standards in Saint Lucian products.


Minister Hippolyte says her meeting with the FAO representative re-emphasized the need for her ministry to work closely with Ministry of Agriculture, especially in a drive to get farmers to refocus and become more business minded.


I am also pleased with the whole issue of utilising the five tele food projects. They are small projects but they can have significant impact on some of our farmer cooperatives in terms of helping them get up and running. So immediately, sometime next week God willing I will be sitting with my small project team and my team from OPSR and again we will engage the Ministry of Agriculture in identifying their priorities and how we can help to prepare proposals for these five tele food projects.


The Minister recently met with representatives of the Beekeepers Association to consider how the Ministry of Commerce and Business Development can assist in revitalizing the Honey Production industry.




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