Answer to agriculture sector development is to change the way young people view agriculture – FAO country Rep
The FAO’s Country Representative, Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul says linking agriculture to most of the subjects offered in schools will help to dispel the myth that agriculture is an industry of backbreaking work.
Dr. Fletcher-Paul believes highlighting career opportunities in the agriculture sector in an attractive way could earn the interest of young people.
Just last month CARICOM released a report warning that the region’s Food Import Bill is increasing at a rate of 7 percent a year.
The FAO Country Representative is of the opinion that one solution to this increased burden can be local farmers working together to supply the needs of the region.
The CARICOM report stated that its 15 members spent 2.8 billion dollars to import food just a year ago, which is more than a 50 percent increase from 2005. The regional body attributed the rise to increased quantities and higher prices.
According to CARICOM, most of the food comes from the United States, followed by Europe and Canada.
On the issue of food security, the Food and Agriculture Organisation feels this can become a problem in the near future if not properly managed.