Grenada farmers strengthen ties
President of the Grenada North East Farmers Association Edward Gooding along with a contingent from the society are here in Tobago not only to enjoy the Easter vacation, but also to see where they can strengthen ties with the Tobago Agricultural Society.
Gooding said they are here to look at ways the Tobago Agricultural society can assist them in their marketing as they too are looking forward to have their society become more sustainable through marketing.
According to Gooding: "While we produce nearly some of the same crops they are looking to Tobago for a market for the produce that is not developed here in Tobago such as Sour Sops and other condiments (nutmegs and spices)."
In Grenada farmers are only allowed four acres in which to cultivate their crops. The Tobago Agriculture Association has been able to set up a cooperation among their district farmers where they have been able to supply most of the Hotels and other business places in the island and well as in the process of exporting.
Secretary in the Division of Agriculture Marine Affairs Marketing and the Environment Gary Melville welcomed the contingent to the island and encouraged them to grasp what they can of the island.
He noted that events such as these are important for the Caribbean.
Melville noted that while the Caribbean islands are small, if we should unite in the many efforts such as the foods we grow we could be a force to reckon with in the fight to combat the escalating food crisis within the region.
The group was guest at a cocktail hosted by the Tobago Agriculture Society and the Division of Agriculture at the Blenheim Conference Room on Thursday.