Minister Mai Attends Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Bahamas

Minister Mai Attends Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Bahamas

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Jose Abelardo Mai is in the Bahamas for the 17th celebration of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA). The CWA began on October 9 and will run until October 13. Mai is leading a delegation in Nassau, which includes CEO in the ministry Servulo Baeza and a team from the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC), the marketing arm of the ministry. The event gathers key public and private sector decision makers to discuss and forge a unified vision for agriculture in the region. There will be several technical sessions focusing on vital topics such as animal and plant health, food safety, fisheries, research, climate change and trade facilitation, to name a few. Luis Pook, Director of Communications for the Ministry, spoke to Love News about the key organizations that are involved in the CWA, and what it means for Belize as a country.

Luis Pook, Director of Comm, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security Enterprise: “The Caribbean Week of Agriculture is organized by the CARICOM Secretariat. And you should be aware that our Secretary General right now is Dr. Carla Barnett a Belizean. The CARICOM Secretariat, along with several other organizations which have interest in agriculture in the region, like the Inter-American Institute for Corporation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. These organizations get together usually every year and they organize the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. So Minister Mai and the delegation are representing Belize. Minister Mai, CEO Servulo Baeza and the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation team are all there. The Caribbean Week of Agriculture has the participation of several Caribbean regional leaders, ministers of agriculture of most of the Caribbean countries that present there. So, IICA, the FAO, CARDI and several other organizations have taken advantage and they are having regional meetings on different matters having to do with food security, with production and other issues relevant to agriculture. So Belize has a place at the table at these meetings.”

Pook added that there will be an agriculture expo at the CWA where Belizean products will be exposed to the regional market. He also spoke on the opportunities the expo represents for Belizean producers. 

Luis Pook, Director of Comm, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security Enterprise: “There’s also a trade show that is going on during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. It’s a chance for producers to market their products. So you’ll have producers of different Caribbean products from all over the Caribbean that are there, that are present. We have the BMDC, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation as I said that has put together a collection of different Belizena products and they’re out there displaying these products, talking about them to people that come to visit their booths at the CWA, exposing Belizean products and at the same time it’s a chance to interact with other producers, with international visitors that have interest in agriculture in the region. And so there’s a chance to interact with these different entitest that have interest in agriculture. So it’s a chance to do networking, it’s a chance to do marketing, it’s a chance to expose the Belizean products to the international markets out there.”

The Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2023 is being celebrated under the theme “Accelerating Vision 25 by 2025.”

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