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Alfred Prospere plans new agricultural strategy for Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia: Alfred Prospere, the Agriculture Minister of Saint Lucia, has revealed his planning to boost agricultural exports. Minister Alfred Prospere is intended to follow the agricultural export initiative similar to the one that was successfully initiated in neighboring island nation of Saint Vincent and Grenadines from local businessman Rayneau Gajadhar.
During the session of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister Prospere mentioned about the potential of the initiative as per his vision. Minister also mentioned while warning that Saint Lucia may not be equipped enough to implement the project and model of Saint Vincent at this time.
As per the reports, under this initiative, Rayneau Industries Limited, led by Gajadhar in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, buys agricultural product directly from farmers while ensuring immediate payment and then export markets for the produce.
While taking care of the concerns about the project and its implementation to the nation of Saint Lucia, Minister Alfred Prospere referred to the existing infrastructure of the Marketing Board of Saint Lucia, which already functions as a platform for registration of farmers.
Minister Alfred Prospere further mentioned in his statement that some farmers have signed supply contracts with entities such as hotels and Massy Stores Supermarket.
Even after the potential benefits of approving the model of the project dolled by Rayneau, Minister Prospere highlighted the necessities to consider the unique dynamics of agricultural landscape of the nation.
Minister Prospere talked about the importance of maintaining a competitive market while protecting the interests of local farmers against possible negative effects that can be possibly seen in the future.
Due to the lack of formal proposals to the Gajadhar government, Minister Alfred Prospere announced continued discussions on the possibilities of a similar initiative in Saint Lucia. Minister also acknowledged the concerns raised by Gajadhar about the historical negligence of successive administrations in launching such projects.
Minister Prospere acknowledges the possible benefits of the Rayneau model for Saint Lucia farmers, but also looking for the importance of a balanced approach by the government as per the current agricultural ecosystem with its stakeholders.
The debate on the adoption of the Rayneau Agricultural Export Initiative highlights the commitment of the government of Saint Lucia to explore innovative strategies to improve the agricultural sector.
Meanwhile the discussions continue, stakeholders are cautiously optimistic about the potential benefits, while aware of the need to make careful decisions to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of the island and the agricultural industry.
People of Saint Lucia are sharing their opinions on the matter after they came across the statement of Minister Alfred Prospere about the Agriculture strategies that he is looking to implement in the nation.
People are saying, “how is it that an initiative like this is not worthy of Saint Lucia and Saint Lucian farmers? Perhaps farmers will get a higher price for their produce or perhaps that initiative will encourage farmers to produce more to cater for a foreign market or even encourage new people into farming knowing that their produce already has a market waiting…so how is it that this initiative can work in Saint Vincent but not for Saint Lucia.”
People also said, “Rayneau Gajadhar has too much native intelligence and business smarts to run away from an opportunity to make a quick legal but lasting ‘Buck’ yet the Minister, fearful of many factors, is looking for a way out of a difficult spot.”

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