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.
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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.