TEPA TO HOST AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAIN SYMPOSIUM
On Wednesday, February 4 2015, Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) operating under the Ministry for Commerce, Business Development and Consumer Affairs in association with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development will host an “Agriculture Value Chain Symposium” at the Golden Palm Event Centre in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, under the theme “Developing a shared vision towards increasing Agricultural Exports”. The exercise is geared towards establishing a shared vision for the sustained export of Saint Lucian Agricultural Commodities in identified priority markets. Since its establishment in 2011, TEPA has conducted market research, promotional campaigns and reconnaissance missions in identified priority markets namely; Europe, United States of America, Canada and the Northern Caribbean. The findings of these initiatives reveal significant interest and demand for both traditional and emerging agricultural commodities.
To respond to the opportunities arising from these missions, the agricultural sector must employ Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS), adhere to stringent market requirements, compete with stiff regional and international counterparts and establish regiments that will ensure adequate supply levels. Towards this end, TEPA will host this symposium which will seek to review, assess and establish a sustained strategic approach to increasing the aggregate exports of Saint Lucian agricultural commodities.
This event, to be cochaired by Mrs. Jacqueline Emmanuel-Flood, TEPA CEO and Dr Darius Gabriel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, will bring together technocrats from Ministries of Commerce and Agriculture, farmer co-operatives, merchandisers, SLASPA, HACS and other key entities along the agriculture value chain.
TEPA CEO, Mrs. Jacqueline EmmanuelFlood for Symposium.