Shipments of agriculture produce to Barbados were suspended for the last two weeks, as the region continues to battle with the negative resultant implications of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Agriculture in a release today, noted, that the temporary closure of the Bridgetown market disrupted the circulation of goods exported from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Hon. Saboto Caesar, noted that over the last 14 days, Vincentian traders were advised by the Ministry of Agriculture in SVG, to establish a mechanism to restart the trade without having to travel to Barbados. Traders who traditionally travel to Barbados weekly now face flight constraints and quarantine restrictions. This is similar to the situation which has already been resolved with traders exporting to Trinidad and Tobago.
“Let us be creative, follow the protocols and focus on the trade. Life and living must continue, with extreme due care and attention to maintaining good health,” stated the island’s Minister of Agriculture.
Traders have since made contact with their Barbados counterparts and will be conducting the first shipment under this revised regime on Monday 20th April, 2020.
Agriculture trade to Trinidad and Tobago has continued without major disruptions.
The Minister of Agriculture, continues to thank farmers, traders, policy makers in importing countries, the OECS and CARICOM Secretariats, technicians in Ministries in the region, vessel owners and shipping agents, for ensuring that this very important trade continues.
The farmers and agriculture traders of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are honouring the call for food from regional neighbours, while ensuring that food security locally remains a priority.