Saint Lucia’s Agriculture Minister Alfred Prospere has disclosed that the island’s agriculture industry wants to attract younger farmers.
Prospere spoke last week at a Costa Rica meeting of Caribbean agriculture Ministers who attended in person and virtually.
The Minister, who attended in person, observed that one of the key challenges is a Saint Lucia farming population that is getting older.
As a result, Prospere highlighted the need to expand strategies to attract young people.
He also spoke of other challenges.
“The challenges we face in the agriculture sector are many: climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, all of which are driving up the costs of agricultural imports”, said Prospere.
At their Costa Rica meeting, the regional Agriculture Ministers pointed out the importance of increasing the sector’s resilience to the climate crisis, improving productivity to reduce food import dependence, and incorporating new technologies to attract more young people to agriculture, among other areas.