The opening of the international airport here in St Vincent will create major opportunities for the farmers and fisherfolk on the island.
Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar made the pronouncement at a recent media conference on the OECS marketing and export initiative strategy.
“Vincentians will see a vital window opening to farmers for their produce to be shipped directly from SVG to Canada, the United States and in the not to distant future the United Kingdom”.
Caesar said in the meantime; discussions have started with Winfresh to utilise the vessels which come to port Kingstown including ( GeestLine) going to the UK and also to work with some of the warehouse facilities in the United Kingdom managed by Winfresh for the creation of storage capacity.
“ We have had the opportunity over the past six months to work with a Trinidadian company, and held a meeting three weeks ago; today am happy to welcome Bonnie Trading to SVG.”
The Minister said the company have been trading for a very long time and has a track record of moving commodities within the region and outside of the area as well.
“ it is imperative as we move forward as a country, as a sub-region and as a regional agricultural sector that we have all relevant facets organised”.
Caesar said this includes the production platforms to produce the quality, quantity and varieties needed for the market.
He said the farmers would have to be tooled and re- tooled in some instances.