THE ministry of agriculture recently completed its annual mid-year review with the objective for forward planning to better deal with pertinent issues facing the industry.
A more effective communications process, especially involving the services of field officers was cited among other relevant matters under review.
The 2020/2021 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Cooperatives Mid-Year Review provides an opportunity for updates and feedback on work accomplished to date, as well as constructive criticism in areas where performance may be inadequate.
During an address to staffers, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, said the government continues its commitment to assist farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister also informed the department that the Government of Saint Lucia recently approved the guarantee to receive $7.2 million from the Republic of China, Taiwan.
“We have started in some small way, meeting the commitments that we made as it pertains to COVID-19,” he said.
Additionally, he underscored the importance of providing adequate information to the public in a timely fashion: “As a ministry, we can increase the frequency of information that we are giving to our officers. We need to share information so that we have well rounded officers.”
The Agriculture Minister expressed gratitude to the team leaders and staff of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Cooperatives for their continued efforts in ensuring the success of the agriculture sector.