Ministers and vice ministers from eleven nations visited Expoagro to know the advances in the agroindustrial, stressing international cooperation bonds

A delegation of ministers and vice ministers of Agriculture from eleven nations of the Caribbean visited Expoagro and made a tour around the exhibition with the Managing Director of the Interamerican Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, and the president of the Agriculture and Livestock Commission of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, Atilio Benedetti.

Officials from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and representatives of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute went to San Nicolás to find out about the latest innovations shown in the biggest open field agroindustrial exhibition of the American continent. The group was welcomed by authorities of Clarín, La Nación and Exponenciar, with whom they shared their visit around the exhibition area and a lunch.

On this occasion, the Argentine Veterinary Manuel Otero, Manager of IICA, explained that currently there are less resources and funds available for technical cooperation bodies. “The era of easy access to money is over, we need to resort to international organizations for funding, it is necessary to have the private sector involved, with a much more South-South cooperation, more and better projects, playing the visitor role, with a more proactive attitude and more aggressive disposition, taking risks, I am committed to this”, said the official. During his administration, Otero’s objective is “to build a more modern institution, creating bridges between distant regions and making continent a synonym of development of progress on the bases of our most strategic sector, that is the agricultural and rural sector”.
 
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After the tour around Expoagro, Alexis Jeffers, Minister of Agriculture of Saint Kitts and Nevis said, “I am totally impressed. What impressed me the most is that all the machinery, the equipment, the knowledge, and the agricultural activities done in Argentina and their achievements are really under the spotlight and very well shown during the exhibition. All countries in South America and in other continents should come to see what the Argentine agriculture can offer”.

To Winter Rudder, Minister of Agriculture of Trinidad and Tobago, the Argentine agricultural development and the implementation of the technology are “fantastic” and adapting them to the Caribbean reality could represent a challenge.

For Desiree Field-Ridley, in charge of the Trade and Economic Integration area of the Caricom, the visit was an “excellent experience”, as she got “a general impression of what an agribusiness exhibition can be like” and what they could do during the Caribbean Agriculture Week held every year. The official emphasized the importance of getting to know the silo bags storage technology, which could be very useful in the Caribbean countries where storage capacity is key. She thanked the Argentine government and IICA for making this visit possible.

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