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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - Four important gatherings of local agriculture stakeholders are scheduled to be convened here in St. Lucia over the next few weeks.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, in collaboration with WIBDECO (The Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company) and IICA (The Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture), will conduct four national multi-venue conferences on the transformation and modernization of the agriculture sector and rural enterprises in St. Lucia.

The conferences will be conducted in four major rural centers of St. Lucia Babonneau, Dennery, Vieux-Fort and Soufriere.

The first of these four one-day meetings takes place on Thursday, November 23rd 2006, at the Babonneau Human Resource /Multipurpose Centre, with the second taking place at the IRDC, La Caye, Dennery, on Wednesday, 29th November 2006.

Rural groups, community groups, producer associations, farmer and fisher groups, agro-industrial enterprises, agro-related entities, and individual farmers and fishers in the northern areas have been invited to participate in the first conference.

Agriculture stakeholders in the central and southern districts have been invited to the second conference.
A draft national policy and strategic plan for the agriculture sector, will be unveiled by the Ministry of Agriculture at each of these conferences and conference participants will be presented with a number of project initiatives and investment opportunities generated by the Plan.

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