The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Food Production, Honourable Moses Jn Baptiste, is reporting success with government`s agriculture and food production agenda during the first year currently under review.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Government Information Service (GIS), Minister Jn Baptiste disclosed that significant strides have been made in supporting farmer and fisher organisations, securing arable lands for agricultural purposes and generally to add greater value to agriculture.
Minister Jn Baptise says one of the highlights for agriculture in the year under review is the development of a “National Food Production Action Plan.”
“I am very happy that we now have a draft National Food Production Action Plan for Saint Lucia and it deals with our import bill and what we can realistically produce here and we are hoping that this plan will be shared with the entire nation so people will have a summary and they will be able to judge our progress by looking at the target dates and measuring what we have done, what we said we would do and where we are at.”
Minister Jn Baptiste says while there has been significant gains he is committed to doing a lot more to develop the agriculture sector in the coming years.
He says government’s aim is to revolutionise the sector for the greater benefit of farmers and the entire nation.
“We want to ensure that by the next four years we have an agriculture sector with organisations that are more business-oriented that farmers can generate profits and create wealth for themselves and this country.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development and Food Production will detail its list of accomplishments in its Year in Review on December 1, 2012 – the one year anniversary when the new Cabinet of Ministers was sworn in.