The National Food Production Plan
It is an instrument that comprises a series of interrelated elements including production, post-harvest, marketing, support services and infrastructure strengthening. Phase I focuses on harvesting, livestock, Phase II and Phase III in fishing.
The Plan mentions 16 priority crops, which are: onion, carrot, tomato, pepper, cabbage, eggplant, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, squash, pumpkin, melon, potatoes, cassava, corn, pineapple, fruits, herbs and spices, peppers, sorrel. It also establishes that the projects mentioned below will be carried out:
- Restoration and improvement of five agricultural depots: These will be repaired and modernized to accommodate activities that create and validate environmentally friendly technologies. These activities include the management and conservation of genetic resources and introduction, evaluation and conservation of germplasm. This will benefit farmers, technicians and country.
- Expansion and modernization of the Central Marketing Corporation: This project seeks to improve the quality and range of product handling and marketing facilities available to farmers. This implies greater storage (including a modern warehouse for seeds), training and promotion.
- Improve the facilities of the Central Commercialization Corporation: This is related to post-harvest infrastructure, packaging and storage, as well as commercialization and distribution systems.
- Establishment of a functional system for safe and healthy food: It will expand and modernize the laboratory that is in Dunbars. Once carried out, it will have the ability to test and monitor the quality of food, to determine if they have pesticide residues and perform various analysis.
The system also includes the kitchen and all implements which are necessary for preparing lunches for the National School Meals Program.
|Country||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Classification||Production conditions, Production, Post-production|
Restore and modernize the agricultural sector by strengthening institutional capacity in order to facilitate, regulate and provide supervision and support to entities of the food chain. This is to be achieved through three axes:
Farmers in the country.