Friday, May 16, 2014
Former Guyana president Bharrat Jagdeo blamed Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders for not doing enough to deal with the declining agricultural production in the region as well as the impact of climate change.
Addressing the launch of the Faculties of Food and Agriculture and Science and Technology at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, Jagdeo who once had a regional agricultural plan named after him said only three Caricom countries have agriculture contributing more than 10 per cent of their gross domestic product.
The Caribbean has a food import bill of four billion US dollars and Jagdeo noted also there was a decline in the budgetary allocation for agriculture in regional countries and that employment opportunities in the sector had also declined.
The former Guyana president said the region was also not meeting the international requirements to deal with the issue of climate change and that regional leaders have not done what is required to address the issue.