SAN JUAN – Agricultural officials from the 15 member-states of the Caribbean Community concluded Friday a two-day meeting in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, to gauge progress toward making the region self-sufficient in food.
The agriculture sector needs modernization and an infusion of younger workers, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration Joseph Cox said in a statement.
“It is pointless for us to be seeking to compete in industries which are almost totally mechanized and technology-driven while we continue to be heavily reliant on manual labor,” Cox said during the conference.
Cox called for the full implementation of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Security Policy and the Caribbean Agricultural Policy, which lay out a process to achieve food security.
CARICOM comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.