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Pledge to cut food import bill

Sheria Brathwaite

Pledge to cut food import bill
CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Joseph Cox. (FILE)

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Barbados and other CARICOM member states are pledging to reduce the region’s food import bill by 25 per cent by 2025.

CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Joseph Cox made this announcement recently during the virtual launch of the 2021 Caribbean Week of Agriculture under the theme Transforming Our Food Systems.

Cox said there were several challenges facing the region’s agriculture sector, especially market disruptions, triggered, for example, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, he said despite the drastic effect on member states’ economies, it was important to reinvent, reimagine, reorient business models, reorder and seek new ways of doing things.

He said there was great need for practical and technologically-oriented solutions to tackle food security. (SB)

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