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Food and Agriculture Organization to help Grenada’s farmers

St. George – More technical help will be soon there to help Grenada’s farmers. This news follows a meeting between Prime Minister Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell and Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dr. Jacques Diouf.

Dr. Diouf and Prime Minister Mitchell discussed several issues related to Grenada’s agriculture during a meeting in Rome. Prime Minister Mitchell who, was on his way to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta said that he used the opportunity to visit the Director General to thank him for the FAO’s help thus far and also to follow up on a number of outstanding issues related to Grenada’s agriculture.

Director General Diouf told Prime Minister Mitchell that the FAO would be sending four experts to Grenada to assist in the areas of irrigation, fisheries, aqua-culture, crop and fruit production and livestock production.

He also informed Prime Minister Mitchell that his earlier request for funding of pilot projects would be granted and that money would soon be available for pilot projects in fisheries, and aqua culture. Prime Minister Mitchell told the Director General that this FAO funding and the technical help was crucial and that farmers across Grenada would benefit from the commitment of these resources.

Prime Minister Mitchell also used the opportunity to make a further appeal for assistance with the country’s school feeding program. The Prime Minister told the FAO Director General that there was an increased burden on families throughout Grenada after Hurricanes Ivan and Emily and that FAO assistance in this area was greatly needed. Prime Minister Mitchell noted that the school feeding program needed to continue and to be expanded so that more families could receive assistance. The Director General said that he was aware of the seriousness of the problem and promised to lend some assistance.

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