Barton Clarke is confident that the agriculture sectors that were destroyed with the passage of back to back Category Five Hurricanes will rebound with the collective effort at resilient rebuilding.
But more work needed to be done and a greater slice of resources needed to be pumped in to the Region’s agriculture sector to make it more resilient, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) said.
Speaking on the eve of a Ministerial Agriculture Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Clarke was optimistic that with initial steps being taken to focus on the short-term, the two islands that were hardest hit, Barbuda and Dominica, will bounce back.
Barbuda had significantly advanced its peanut production and was recently getting CARDI support for the industry, but the hurricane impaired its seed supplies for the upcoming crop. CARDI will screen and store supplies at its seed storage facility in Antigua, Mr. Clarke said. (more…)