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CARDI taking action to help rebuild agriculture in Barbuda, Dominica

CARDI Executive Director, Mr. Barton Clarke speaks about reviving agriculture in Barbuda, Dominica from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

As we observe World Food Day today, we tell you that the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has already begun taking action to restore the recently battered agriculture sectors in Barbuda and Dominica.

And while he lamented the destruction of thriving sectors that was caused by monster storms, Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Executive Director of CARDI, Mr. Barton Clarke, said that agriculture in the two islands will flourish again.

Antigua and Barbuda adopts ‘different vision’ for agriculture http://today.caricom.org/2017/10/09/antigua-and-barbuda-adopts-different-vision-for-agriculture-2/#.Wdz0M3aVnM8.twitter 

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Antigua and Barbuda adopts ‘different vision’ for agriculture

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…

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He said that CARDI had participated in the initial assessments of the damage to the islands, and was now looking at what their needs are. He said that the regional institution will liaise with the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which has been mobilising assistance in agriculture. In an interview with CARICOM Today on 5 October, ahead of the 71st Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development on Agriculture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Clarke said that the Region had some internal capacity to assist immediately to plant short-term crops.

 Over 100,000 fast growing seeds replanted in one week to ensure self-sufficiency after . –>http://prez.ly/yz7 

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Hurricane recovery: agriculture revitalization in Dominica underway

OECS Media release

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The Region has small seed banks with pumpkin and red kidney beans, for example, in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago, and also has a relationship with big seed companies which will supply material to assist in rebuilding the sector.

 

Destruction

Assessing the impact of the two Category Five hurricanes, Mr. Clarke pointed out that there was “almost total devastation” of agriculture in the two islands which has caused a domino effect in terms of food supply in the Region.

For example, Barbuda had coconut germ plasm that was free of lethal yellowing and was expanding its production of peanuts when the hurricane hit.

In Dominica, the hurricane snapped trees, destroyed the coconut, avocado, bead fruit, citrus and other crops, and uprooted even root crops, destroyed the production and agro-processing capacity. Dominica was also self-sufficient in eggs. The country’s ability to provide food products to other territories in the Region was also totally disrupted.

 Please see excerpts of the interview above.
Credit: CARICOM Today

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