Agriculture Minister Senator Adrian Thomas Discusses Improved Collaboration With IICA-ECS Representative Gregg Rawlins

PR – Minister of State with responsibility for  Agriculture and Lands, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Senator the Honourable Adrian Thomas  recently held discussions on improved agriculture priority areas with Gregg Rawlins, the Eastern  Caribbean States’ representative at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. 

The two met virtually in what was Senator Thomas’s first official engagement with IICA since  assuming office on June 30. Mr. Rawlins was accompanied by IICA’s National Specialist in  Grenada, Derek Charles. 

During the meeting, the IICA official highlighted the role of the Institute and briefly outlined its  five programmes, the construct of the Eastern Caribbean States, and its collaboration with the  Government of Grenada, through the Ministry. He also emphasized IICA’s readiness to provide  services to the agriculture sector in Grenada. 

Mr. Derek Charles provided a synopsis of priority areas of collaboration by IICA in Grenada,  and highlighted the support to the abattoir project funded by the CDF, strengthening the  governance of producer organisations, and training in post-harvest quality and food safety. 

Minister Thomas thanked IICA for the opportunity to meet and share areas of interest for the  agriculture sector. He also emphasised the areas of Food Security, the Spice Industry; Medicinal  Marijuana; and Specialization in Agriculture as a few of his Ministry’s priorities. 

IICA expressed its pleasure in meeting with the Honourable Minister and assured him of its  commitment to continue to have close and cordial relations with his Ministry, and to contribute  to him having a highly successful tenure in office, marked with outstanding achievements in the  areas under his Ministerial portfolio.