Minister of Foreign Affairs, Clarice Modeste Curwen has briefed reporters on some of the benefits that Grenada can expect following the recent meeting between officials of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Beijing.
Addressing reporters at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at the Botanical Gardens in Tanteen, St. George’s, the female government Minister said that the high-level meeting resulted in several initiatives for the Ministry of Agriculture.
She stated that the Minister of Agriculture, Roland Bhola is working very diligently to get the best he can for “our farmers and for the food security in the country as a whole”.
“I know recently he had a meeting with donors to look at the Zero Hunger issue and the arrangement we had with China at La Sagesse Mission”, she said.
According to Minister Modeste-Curwen, the agreement is due to end in September “so we are already looking at renewing the contract but also to expand it and for a three year period…”.
She told reporters that government was looking at getting involved in new variety and high quality vegetable seeds and flower seeds.
She said that if Grenada can produce its own flowers, this will go a long way for the country in terms of reducing on imports.
“We have the tourism sector and other sectors that do need a lot of flowers as part of their activity. We believe that … we need to expand so that we can provide instead of these entities importing a lot of their flowers, we can provide it because we have very good soil,” she explained.
Minister Modeste-Curwen pointed out that Grenada has to minimise as much as possible its importation bill and to instead improve on Foreign Exchange earnings through increased exportation of goods.
She also spoke of other plans in the Agricultural sector including technical support in vegetable farming, fruit trees, flower culture and livestock, especially artificial insemination.
“The Ministry is already making arrangement to expand the training of the technical staff so that they can train other local farmers in terms of artificial insemination,” she said.
In addition, there are also plans to set up 10 green houses to facilitate the growing of plants that are not compatible with the tropical climate.