(By Ernesto Cooke) – Grenada has opened an opportunity for St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar highlighted this in the budget presentation of 2021
Caesar said the opportunity is for livestock trade.
The Minister stated that it is vital that we don’t only see this as a bilateral movement but as a trader under all the articles in the revised treaty of Basseterre, promoting intraregional trade in the OECS.
The Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS grew out of the need by the then nonindependent Eastern Caribbean Islands.
At the time members of a regional grouping called the WISA Council of Ministers, establish an arrangement in which they could cooperate in external affairs representation after independence, given their limited human and financial resources.
“Not only is Grenada calling for livestock from SVG, so too is Trinidad”.
Caesar says there are persons in St Vincent and the Grenadines ramping up production exports for Trinidad and Tobago.
According to figures from the 2021 budget, there are sums of money to be expended on an abattoir design.
(Abattoir) – A slaughterhouse, also called abattoir, is a facility where animals are slaughtered, most often to provide food for humans.
“Some persons would want to export their animals live, and some markets will want them slaughtered,” Caesar said.
In the last three years, it has been shown that St Vincent can be fully sustainable as it pertains to egg production.
Minister Caesar says with the coming on stream of the hotels there would be a demand for eggs.
“What we are going to do for this year is to stabilise the production of eggs, so that when the opening of these hotels takes place, there would be no need for the importation of eggs”, Caesar stated.