Region focuses on climate smart agriculture

(Photo via BGIS)
(Photo via BGIS)

From September 14 to 15, technocrats, policy-makers and agricultural planners put their collective heads together to come up with suggestions as to how best to strengthen innovation agriculture systems to withstand the effects of natural or man-made disasters.

The officials, drawn from countries across the region, participated in panel discussions and other interactive sessions while attending the 11th Meeting of the Regional Planners’ Forum on Agriculture – Innovation Systems for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

During the opening ceremony, Programme Manager for Agriculture and Industry at the CARICOM Secretariat, Nisa Surujbally, reminded participants that Hurricane Irma, which swept through the Region as a category five hurricane, highlighted the need for smarter agricultural planning.

“Hurricane Irma underscores even more, the need for Climate Smart Agriculture to be a main component of agricultural planning and national disaster preparedness plans.  We have been working assiduously to mainstream climate change and disaster preparedness into the policy framework for the agricultural sector both nationally and regionally,” she pointed out.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

Government of Spain sympathises with CARICOM

Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Dominica (Photo via ABSTV)
Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Dominica (Photo via ABSTV)

The Government of Spain has expressed solidarity with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as it faced the onslaught of two deadly hurricanes, Irma and Maria.

In a message to the Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. The Hon. Keith Mitchell, the Prime Minister of Spain, the Hon. Mariano Rajoy Brey, said his country had been following, with dismay, the recent tragic events in the Region that caused significant losses to life and property.

“We particularly regret the loss of human lives and therefore ask, Honourable Prime Minister, that you kindly extend to all the Member States of CARICOM our most heartfelt condolences, as well as our wish for a speedy recovery for those affected by this catastrophe.

Please accept, Honourable Prime Minister, the testimony of my highest consideration and esteem,” the Spanish Prime Minister said.

Be cautious, stay indoors – BVI Premier

Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Dr. the Hon. Orlando Smith is warning residents to continue to be cautious and to remain indoors as the effects of Hurricane Maria are as yet unknown.

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Remain vigilant and prepared – PM Minnis

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, is urging Bahamians to remain vigilant, to be prepared, and to monitor the track of Hurricane Maria.

In the face of a “very active hurricane season” that has spawned major storms, including Hurricane Maria which severely damaged the island of Dominica, the Prime Minister made the call in an address to the nation on Tuesday. He said Hurricane Maria is forecast to pass to the east of south-east Bahamas on Friday morning as a major Category 3 or 4.

Listen to the Prime Minister Statement on Hurricane Maria: