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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GNBS will adopt CARICOM Poultry Standard as National Standard

Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lloyd David. (Photo via GINA)
Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lloyd David. (Photo via GINA)

The Guyana National Bureau (GNBS), which is under the purview of the Ministry of Business, is currently in the process of adopting the CARICOM Regional Standard Specification for Poultry and Poultry Products as a National Standard. This standard, which will be made mandatory, will ensure that specified poultry meats, whether imported or locally produced, are meeting requirements that guarantee wholesomeness for public consumption.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the GNBS, Lloyd David said that the standard, was developed in 2012, under the authority of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ). This new poultry standard gives regulatory oversight of poultry and poultry products in the Caribbean and it is necessary to facilitate trade of this commodity among Member States of CARICOM, David said.

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