CARDI taking action to help rebuild agriculture in Barbuda, Dominica

CARDI Executive Director, Mr. Barton Clarke speaks about reviving agriculture in Barbuda, Dominica from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

As we observe World Food Day today, we tell you that the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has already begun taking action to restore the recently battered agriculture sectors in Barbuda and Dominica.

And while he lamented the destruction of thriving sectors that was caused by monster storms, Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Executive Director of CARDI, Mr. Barton Clarke, said that agriculture in the two islands will flourish again.

He said that CARDI had participated in the initial assessments of the damage to the islands, and was now looking at what their needs are. He said that the regional institution will liaise with the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which has been mobilising assistance in agriculture. In an interview with CARICOM Today on 5 October, ahead of the 71st Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Agriculture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Clarke said that the Region had some internal capacity to assist immediately to plant short-term crops. (more…)

COTED green-lights Agriculture Regional Emergency Response team

What is left of a greenhouse in Dominica

The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has approved the Regional Agriculture Emergency Response Sub-Committee to  provide prompt  action to help the agriculture sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to rebound after natural disasters.

Approval came at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture held at the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday 6 October, 2017.

The 71st Meeting of COTED approved the Emergency Response Sub-Committee
The 71st Special Meeting of COTED on Agriculture approved the Emergency Response Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD), the Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET), the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). Belize and Antigua and Barbuda will also be represented on the sub-committee.

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Way cleared for regional trade in poultry, poultry products

poultry farmAs the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to move steadily towards increasing intra-regional and food security, nine poultry processing plants in the Region have been approved to trade among Member States.

The approval came on Friday 6 October, at the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The poultry plants from six CARICOM Member States – Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – were cleared to sell poultry products intra-regionally after they were assessed by Regional Risk Assessments Teams and met the sanitary requirements to enter the CARICOM Market. Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) coordinated the assessments and the process of review and finalisation by the  CARICOM Committee of Chief Veterinary Officers.

Representatives from the Caribbean Poultry Association, the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and other delegates at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED at the CARICOM Secretariat, 6 October, 2017
Representatives from the Caribbean Poultry Association, the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and other delegates at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED at the CARICOM Secretariat, 6 October, 2017

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Antigua and Barbuda adopts ‘different vision’ for agriculture

Codrington, Barbuda after Hurricane Irma  (Photo via UN)

With food security as its priority, the government of Antigua and Barbuda is pursuing a “different vision” as it moves to rebuild the agriculture sector of Barbuda which was destroyed following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.

That vision focuses on improving resilience and dealing with the impact of natural disasters, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, the Hon. Arthur Nibbs said Friday.  He was at the time delivering a statement to the 71st Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture held at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The statement, titled Coping with Impact of Hurricane Irma ‘From Devastation to Restoration’ – Rebuilding the agricultural sector of Barbuda, provided some insight into what occurred on the island and details of the perspectives and programmes that will be employed.

Minister Nibbs told his colleagues that 99 per cent of homes on Barbuda were destroyed and 1407 persons were made homeless. The island became uninhabitable. Agriculture sector ruined. Crops, livestock, bees, the fishing industry, infrastructure, machinery and equipment were either wantonly destroyed or significantly damaged, he said.

Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, the HOn. Arthur Nibbs, briefs his colleagues at the 71st Special Meeting of COTED on Agriculture
Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Arthur Nibbs, briefs his colleagues at the 71st Special Meeting of COTED on Agriculture

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Effects of climate change in focus at Agriculture Meeting

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The detrimental effect of climate change on the Region was brought in to sharp focus as a special Meeting of Agriculture Ministers got underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.

At the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic development (COTED), Chairman, His Excellency Soeresh Algoe, Agriculture Minister of Suriname, the Hon.Noel Holder, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, spoke of the responses that were necessary to confront climate change.

The Meeting is being held as the Region is dealing with the impact of two category five hurricanes. Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten,  and St. Barts, It significantly damaged The Bahamas and Haiti, and affected St. Kitts and Nevis. Hurricane Maria left massive destruction in Dominica. The agriculture sectors in Barbuda and Dominica were decimated. (more…)