Pierre Says Saint Lucia Agriculture Doing Well

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre, just back from the Agri-Investment Forum and Expo II in Trinidad and Tobago, has told reporters that Saint Lucia agriculture is doing well.

“Saint Lucia is doing very well as far as our agriculture is concerned,” Pierre disclosed when a reference was made to the Trinidad and Tobago event.

In this regard, the Castries East MP noted that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) figures indicate that Saint Lucia had surpassed its fruit and vegetable quota.

“It wasn’t our figures,” Pierre asserted, adding that the disclosure represented good news.

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“What was revealing is the value-added products on the raw agriculture products. There were soaps, there were creams – a number of products can be manufactured,” he told reporters.

“There is cassava. There’s a big market for cassava,” Pierre observed.

And he declared that there’s great potential for agriculture.

Nevertheless, Pierre explained that to make agriculture attractive there must be a market and finance.

“And to get into the market we have to convert the raw products into value-added goods,” he said.

“We have been primary producers,” Pierre noted.

On the question of youth involvement in the sector, Pierre said a large component of young people involved in value-added agriculture was notable.

“The use of computers – the use of technology,” he stated.

“In Saint Lucia, our youth economy merges very well with that so we are looking forward to our young people getting involved as far as agriculture is concerned,” Pierre, also responsible for Finance, told reporters.

He spoke on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Cabinet as CARICOM intensifies efforts to reduce the region’s US$5 billion food import bill by 25 percent come 2025.

 

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15 COMMENTS

  1. BANANAS ARE BACK, AFTER IT WAS KILLED OFF DURING THE YELLOW YEARS OF TERROR. HAVE WE HEARD OF ANY FARMERS TYING A NOOSE OF LATE AND STRINGING IT UP TO THE CEILING ?? NO ! HOW MANY FARMERS DID WE READ ABOUT KILLING THEMSELVES DURING THE YELLOW YEARS OF TERROR ?? AT LEAST TWO PER MONTH.

  2. With all the hype about agriculture and food security all the more reason for ministry of Education and government as a whole to invest more into our Education system. Stop denying primary schools with land space the opportunity to engage their students in agricultural science., please provide them with agricultural Science Teachers. Use some of the monies being wasted on all the so called consultants and jobs for the girls and boys of the party to employ persons trained in agricultural science at our primary schools. The time has come to consider having specialists teachers at our primary school and not just at the secondary school, after all no one knows it all, ridiculous to expect an individual to be jack of all subjects.

  3. Ant I agree with you. We all know our Agriculture industry is fragile. We have nothing in place in the event of disasters especially when it comes to our bananas. Sometimes we reach quotas at times we cannot. It is only a matter of time he will get back to the media and find an excuse as to why we cannot maintain our quotas. He could have made a better statement than what he gave there.

    • Our Agriculture is NOT fragile,but resilient! As I’ve stated before, SLU does not have a Banana Industry, instead we have a Banana Exporting Business. Bananas only is NOT Agriculture. SLU should focus on Agricultural Exports; agro-processed foods, agro-processed medicines, cosmetics (creams, soaps, oils, etc.) and other condiments. SLU should be on the band-wagon for starting up “coconut sugar”.

      SLU is way too much in an agricultural “bubble”, while countries on the other side of the globe and processing agricultural fruits, leaves, trees, into condiments on a commercial scale.

      As I always say: SLU is 50 years behind in a lot of things on this planet. We need to GET OUT OF THE BUBBLE!

  4. We are in the hurricane season and we are an island prone to storms and hurricanes. If a storm hit St.Lucia any day now this will be disaster for the industry.
    Can our bananas stand the storms and hurricanes. If one hits, how are you going to supply your markets? Think of how you are going to maintain production all year round and not come here and give vague statements and try to give people high hopes. Misleading statements as always to mislead people and when backed in a corner, you come up with excuses. Typical Pierre.

  5. I am sorry. Philip Pierre is so vacuous and empty that he has problems stringing together two coherent sentences.
    I actually read this news release to hear good news as agriculture is the worst underperformer in our economy, yet has so much potential given how the world supply lines are in distress.
    Instead we get fumbling and bumbling of might bes and could bes. No figures ot specifics just sound bites.
    And the problem is that the underlying issues is that THE SLP HAVE NO PRACTICAL ANSWERS to anything.
    And Lucians should be very worried. Notice we hear of no concrete plans emanating from the nefarious characters in Cabinet.
    That is because they are taking care of business for their pockets family and friends. They are both clueless and on about their own personal business and not that of the voter.
    Even the apologists for the SLP have gone silent. Again I ask where are all the brown skinned so called intellectuals that were so vocal two years ago? You mean to say everything is so fine and upbeat and the vibe so good that they can go silent. Hypocrites!

  6. This man doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about. We farmers are struggling to survive. Massy and CPJ are robbing us blind. The price of feeds have skyrocketed yet there is no support from the government and the supermarkets continue to give us peanuts. Where is agriculture doing well PM. You don’t care about the farmers you really don’t. Stop bullshitting us.

  7. We know better than to believe Pierre. Agriculture is no where near what it is supposed to be. We can hardly get markets for our produce and most of our farmers have left the industry. Agriculture in Saint Lucia is just given lip service. Actually, agriculture died with Sir John. Since then successive governments have done very little to revive it.

  8. THE MAN DONT HAS A CLUE ON TOURISM GIVING ST LUCIANS WRONG FIGURES..Now AGRICULTURE SHAME AS A PM EMBARRASSED BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL

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