Minister of agriculture, Saboto Caesar, has called on policymakers in CARICOM member states to identify a commodity or commodities for consolidated supply to regional and international markets.
Minister Caesar said in an interview that “It is long acknowledged that many of the drawbacks resulting from our individual geographical smallness can only be addressed through collective and coordinated marketing of our produce”.
According to Caesar, the banana model, which consolidated the marketing of bananas to the United Kingdom for over half a century brought significant economic benefit to the Windward Islands.
“There comes a time when we just have to face reality as small island states. One of these realities is that there is an urgent need for the OECS sub-region and CARICOM to a wider extent, to set up the necessary framework for collective marketing of our agriculture produce,” minister Caesar pointed out to his regional counterparts.
He added that “the commodity or commodities to be marketed must be determined after the requisite technical assessment is done.”