The Fifty-Ninth Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture opened in Georgetown, Guyana, on Thursday, 8 October, 2015.
The two-day Meeting is being held at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Guyana. The Forum is being Chaired by Hon Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources, Cooperatives, Environment and Human Settlement, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Among the matters to be discussed over the two day meeting are commodities which the Community had identified as priorities: roots and root tubers, especially cassava; small ruminants; herbs and spices, especially hot peppers; and fisheries.
Also high on the meeting’s agenda is discussion on progress made by the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) since it was operationalised in October last year with the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lindley Collins.
Agriculture and climate-change related matters, agri-business development, the needs of small farmers with respect to the Regional market infrastructure are among the other issues the Ministers will address during their two-day meeting.