Ingraham on agriculture and marine resources
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham delivered a keynote address at the Agri-Business Expo, held yesterday at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Center. He touched on several areas, including the current outlook for the agricultural and marine resources sector.
“Earlier this year, I noted that oil prices were rising with direct implications for the production, supply and cost of food internationally. Continued turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East suggests that these concerns may not abate for some time, with the related effect of rising food prices for the foreseeable future.
“Increased attention continues to be paid to the impact on marine resources of rising global temperatures and sea levels. The specific impact on our marine resources remains unknown, though there are estimates that are alarming.
“On the export side, the marketing of agricultural and fisheries products has become more complex. In addition to meeting consumer expectations with respect to quality and presentation, ethical and environmental issues are also critical in determining whether a product will find favor in the marketplace.
“A well-formulated and articulated plan with specific and quantifiable targets is therefore a necessary step in addressing the challenges and realizing the opportunities in the global environment.
“I am pleased, therefore, that the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is actively pursuing targeted programs to improve and increase agricultural and marine resource production in a sustainable manner.”