CARDI’s Research Vital To Agricultural Development
(Barbados Government Information Service) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Terry Bascombe, has lauded the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) for its “vital” role in the development of the sector in Barbados and the region.
He was delivering remarks at a ceremony to mark the institute’s 45th anniversary, held last Thursday, on the Ministry’s grounds at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.
Mr. Bascombe, who was speaking on behalf of Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, said the research conducted by CARDI was critical, given the increasing threats of climate change on small island developing states, as well as the growing demand for increased food production.
“With threats always on the horizon, for example, those related to climate change, pests and diseases, the collection of accurate data is even more important as it serves as a prerequisite for proper planning and the development of policy,” he stated, while disclosing that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Statistics Canada were on island to assist with the improvement of data collection and analysis.
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