Wednesday, November 20, 2019

PM Touts Tremendous Growth In Agriculture

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says over the last three years Saint Lucia’s  agricultural sector has seen tremendous growth despite the setbacks from climate change.

Writing on his official Facebook page Sunday, Chastanet disclosed that the number of farmers has increased from 230 to 643.

He said acreage under cultivation has increased from 1,117 to 2,669.

“The number of farmers exporting fruits to the United Kingdom has also increased from 195 to 291 farmers currently,” the PM added.

“We are also at an advanced stage of the Food Import Substitution Programme which will see increased Government support to increase the local production of cucumbers, lettuce, sweet peppers, cabbages, watermelons, pineapples and cantaloupes,” Chastanet declared.

He explained that a lot of the success  achieved thus far in agriculture can be attributed to the committed farmers, Ministry of Agriculture Officers and very importantly, Saint Lucia’s  friends from Taiwan all working together.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen ended a state visit here last week, promising that her country will continue to cooperate with Saint Lucia and help it achieve its development goals while praising the efforts of Taiwan’s diplomatic and agricultural personnel in the country.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Remember that Agriculture is not only for food … but clothing/textiles, medicine/healing, home furnishing and decor, housing, and so much more!!! St Lucia NEEDS to up its industry in these fields using agriculture.

  2. Ok let us say that the PM really believes that43% of us are at Preschool level. Can he not work the maths to understand that then there are 57% (the majority) that’s above preschool. What manner of a PM would give such misleading statistics and expects people to believe. It can only mean that he has no respect for people.
    The man wants us to believe that for an industry that has been dwindling for more than 20 years in three years it has 413 i.e. 643- 230 more farmers which represents 180% increase. The PM wants us to believe that in a country where the youth not moving into agriculture and the old farmers are retiring that 413 more farmers are utilising (2669 – 1117)= 1552 more acres of land.
    The PM’s problem has gone beyond lying. It is case where the PM has no respect for people.

  3. Out of touch these things grows in abundance up in Grace everyday so much they don’t have market for it. I myself have all the above in my yard plenty nestle with my private stack of high grade I only go in their supermarket for certain things. Lucians must learn to grow what they need and eat what they grow and leave American Chinese and fast food alone. Stop killing yourselves.

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