Throughout the 7 phases of technical cooperation on agriculture between Grenada and the People’s Republic of China, since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries in 2005, the Ministry of Agriculture has always been on the receiving end.
Now, as the 7th phase is about to come to an end, China, understanding the quest of the Ministry to meet the needs of the farmers, through its embassy in Grenada, has once again come to its aid.
A ceremony to officially hand over agricultural materials and equipment was held on Thursday, 18 March 2021, at the grounds of the Chinese Demonstration Centre at La Sagesse, St David. The materials consisted of 15 tillers, 75 sprayers, 15 chainsaws, 2,000 nursery plates, 45 weed eaters, and 45 steel forks. Minister for Agriculture, Lands, and Forestry, Hon. Peter David, said these will be used in the successful rollout of the soon to be restructured Farm Labour Support Programme.
“The chainsaws, we know the problems we have with bamboo and other clearing of lands. One of the big issues that we have is that they [the farmers] need help to clear the lands. They need help to plough the lands. They need help to keep the land clear. All of this equipment here is useful in that regard,” he said. “That is why we are going to be training the Farm Labour Support People, we are going to take care of the equipment, we are going to get people to service the equipment – to keep the equipment in good order. We are going to ensure, in the Farm Labour Support Programme, we keep the equipment in good shape. We have parts for the equipment so that when the farmers need it, it is available.”
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency, Wei Hongtian, is hopeful that the donation will be helpful in the recovery and growth of agricultural production, which began years ago.
“This donation from the Chinese Embassy forms part of China’s support to Grenada since the outbreak of Covid-19. Agriculture has always been one of the focal areas of practical cooperation between our two countries. We have undertaken the China-Grenada Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project for 7 consecutive phases since 2005, when both countries restored diplomatic relations. This project has been incorporated into Grenada’s agriculture development strategy, and it showcases the friendship between our 2 countries and peoples. With phase 7 coming to an end at the end of May this year, we are expecting phase 8 to start and expand the scope of agricultural cooperation, and we will continue to play a positive role in the economic and social development of Grenada.”
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