CARIBBEAN-TRADE-COTED agrees on new platform to assist regional farmers.


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture has granted approval for the establishment of a virtual platform to allow for interchanges between extension services and farmers throughout the region.

CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox, said the platform would be established in association with the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Trinidad-based Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Agency (CARDI).

He said that the platform would, for example, assist regional farmers encountering challenges by raising them on the platform and receive responses, in real-time, from other farmers who may have had experience with the particular problem.

Cox said that it is envisaged as the sort of 'strategic interchange to optimise yields'.

The CARICOM Secretariat said that the use of technology in agriculture was one area of focus during the Week of Agriculture that was held in Belize earlier this month.

It said during the weeklong activities agriculture stakeholders...

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