St. Martin delegation attends Caribbean Food Crops meeting

Attending the conference were, from left: Agriculture Chargé de Mission Julien Gumbs, Chargé du Devéloppement Rural Agriculture Elie Touze, Regional Delegate Harry Ozier-Lafontaine, Chamber of Commerce Director Magguy Gumbs, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce Dorvan Cocks, Territorial Councillor Sofia Carti-Codrington, CFCS member and Chamber consultant Guy Anais, and Director of Political Contracts for the Collectivité, Rodrigue Angely.


MARIGOT–A delegation of the Chamber of Commerce, led by Territorial Councillor Sofia Carti-Codrington, attended the 53rd meeting of Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Monday July 17 to Friday July 21, held under the theme “The Caribbean, a hub of research for global agriculture and food security.”

  The meeting brought together scientists and researchers, professionals from the agriculture and agro-business sector, as well as political and institutional representation in the Caribbean.

  President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs was keen for a delegation to attend this meeting to keep abreast of the latest developments and issues. The St. Martin delegation took part in the field visits to the northwest and south of the island to look at developments in plant and genetic animal improvements, while obtaining a sense of the needs of the Caribbean.

  In addition to the formal sessions of the 53rd meeting, working meetings were held all week between the St. Martin delegation and partners to prepare for the 2018 edition. It was disclosed St. Martin will host and organise the 54th edition in July 2018 on the theme “Multifunctioning agriculture in the small territories of the Caribbean dedicated to the tourism economy.”

  This participation is part of the political approach of the Team Gibbs majority party to develop agriculture and create sustainable jobs in the agriculture and crops sector. A strategic development plan will be developed soon to boost this sector of activities, the Collectivité noted.

  To organise the 2018 edition, the Collectivité will be soliciting European funds for financing, as well as local and regional know-how to make the event, which brings together some 250 participants annually, a success.

  At the end of the meetings, Chamber of Commerce Director Magguy Gumbs was named representative for the French countries within CFCS and Dorvan Cocks was appointed President of CFCS for the 2017/2018 period.

Source: The Daily Herald