Dominica preparing to host Caribbean Week of Agriculture in October

first_img 40 Views   one comment LocalNews Dominica preparing to host Caribbean Week of Agriculture in October by: – September 7, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Banner of the 10th Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture.Dominica is preparing to host almost three hundred regional delegates between October 9th and 15th for the 10th Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) where issues focusing on the challenges facing regional agriculture will be discussed.The week of activities will focus seek to identify new opportunities and policies which could be adopted in the region for the benefit of the sector.At the official media launch for the CWA this morning, Coordinator Mr Edward Registe noted that the conference is very essential as it will highlight and discuss several issues affecting farmers like climate change and droughts, but that farmers will be exposed to various opportunities in the agricultural sector which can assist them.According to Mr Registe, several stakeholders in the service sector particularly the hotels, guest houses, taxi operators and caters are set to benefit from this week of conferences.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr Samuel Carrette while addressing the media launch said that the CWA will assist in the development of a fully diversified acclimatized agricultural sector.“The context within which Caribbean Week of Agriculture is going to take place in Dominica is one that speaks to efforts by Government and of course the various stakeholders in agriculture to build a sector that is more demand driven, climate resilient, a fully diversified agricultural sector and informed largely by science and technology and the transfer and the application of knowledge and that for us is very important,” he said.In related news, Minister for Agriculture Honourable Matthew Walter issued a call to the general public to ensure that guests are treated well, that farmers are engaged in this conference to ensure that desired objectives of CWA are realized, and that farms meet the required sanitary standards.Several regional and international dignitaries are expected here for the week including CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRoque who will be returning home for the first time since his recent appointment.The Caribbean Week of Agriculture is being hosted under the aegis of the regional alliance made up of various agencies including CARICOM, IICA, CARDI, CTA and FAO who all have vested interest in the development of the regional Agricultural sector.The theme for this year’s conference is “Caribbean Food and Nutrition Security in a changing climate – The Nature Island Experience.”A major trade show which will showcase agricultural products and produce will be on display at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium for three days, a farmers forum and buyers conference are all activities which will form part of the Caribbean Agricultural Week.A website was also launched at this morning ceremony; www.CWADominica.dm, where all the programmes, schedule of events, registration information, accommodation, tours and press releases will be made available.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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