Venezuelan Envoy Meets With Agriculture Minister

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??Minister of Agriculture,??Dr. David Estwick

Barbados and Venezuela have been discussing ways in which to further develop areas of cooperation in the agricultural sector.

This was the focus of recent talks between Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Industry and Small Business Development, Dr. David Estwick and Venezuela’s Ambassador to Barbados, Jos?? G??mez Febres, at the Ministry’s headquarters at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

Describing the relationship as "longstanding", Dr. Estwick said he was keen to strengthen development cooperation between the two nations in the agricultural sector.

He also stressed the importance of developing and maintaining south-south relations, which he indicated would be beneficial to countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

??Ambassador Febres noted that agriculture still had a vital role to play in countries of the southern hemisphere and he agreed with the Minister’s recent sentiments that high food import bills must be curtailed and more emphasis be placed on local production.

The Ambassador suggested that Barbados, due to its warm climate, was an ideal location for greenhouses, which could assist in boosting local agricultural production.

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