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Agricultural sector vital says Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George

first_imgAgricultural products on display at the Roseau Market.Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George says the Agriculture Sector is vitally important in the gamut of economic and social interactions of the region’s people. He told the opening ceremony of the climate change and science and technology workshop at the Arawak House of Culture on Sunday that the Caribbean therefore examine more closely, the interactions of climate change and the key factors of agricultural production, the rural way of life, as well as the threats to coastal communities and infrastructure investments.“We need to take stock of the probable negative impacts that climate change will have in the agriculture of the future. It has been widely reported that the negative impacts, such as drought, intense rainfall, flooding and sea level rise etc. will cost the English speaking Caribbean 5% of GDP annually,” he said.According to George, here in Dominica, this is already being felt as government must respond to different forms of natural disasters each year. “Just recently, we were placed under a tropical storm warning but thank God, we were spared any damage. Only to find ourselves two weeks later having to respond to major flooding along the west coast, without warning, from some band of intense rain, I am told was associated to the passage of Tropical Storm Ophelia,” he explained.George said “I don’t think there is anyone in the affected communities alive today, who have witnessed similar flooding before. Therefore, we can conclude with a high degree of certainty that the climate is changing and that its adverse effects are taking a heavy toll on our national budget. We estimate the recent flooding will cost the Treasury of Dominica tens of millions, in addition to costs borne out by private individuals and institutions,” he said.Meantime George says this year’s Caribbean Week of Agriculture should be judged not by the declarations that we expect will come out of it, but rather it should be judged by the practical, fundable action plans and a schedule of major milestones that are implemented before the next Caribbean Week of Agriculture. “I say these things so that we remind ourselves of a number of initiatives that are approved by the Heads of Caricom, but somewhat seem to fade into the background once the Heads look the other way,” he added.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Agricultural sector vital says Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George by: – October 10, 2011center_img Share Share 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more