(ZIZ News) — The local government is implementing measures to boost food security by improving food production and preservation.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service is reporting that on Tuesday, the government signed an agreement with the Republic of China (Taiwan), for the Food Processing Commercialization Development Expert Dispatch Project.
That project, expected to last 12 months, should raise revenue generated by processing foods such as breadfruit, green banana, flour, pumpkin powder, and guava cheese.
Resident Taiwanese Ambassador, His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, in presenting a cheque for the Vegetable, Fruit and Upland Crop Quality and Safety Improvement Project, noted that experts from his country will come to the twin-island Federation to work with locals in conducting product research and development, band marketing management, education promotion and sustainable development.
“Through the implementation of these four goals we can expect the improvement of our current food processing functions and raise the generate revenue from processed foods,” he said.
He noted that in combination with the development of tourism this project is expected to create new marketing management techniques and upgrade commercial skills.
Agriculture Minister, Hon. Eugene Hamilton in explaining the significance of the donation, said agro-processing is particularly important to females.
“This is important to our womenfolk because 80 percent of the persons involved in this venture are women. So this is important for our women,” he said.
He also stated that the project is in keeping with the government’s promise to enhance the agricultural sector at home by satisfying local consumption needs as well as the regional consumption needs by way of export.
Taiwan has also made significant contributions to St. Kitts and Nevis in Public Safety and Security, Health, Sports, Information Technology, Community Development and more over the past 32 years.