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Grenada gets EC$1.5m in agricultural equipment from China
Published on January 31, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenada has received a gift of more than EC$1.5 million in agricultural equipment from China.

In accepting the gift during a short ceremony at Chinese Agricultural Mission at LaSagesse, St David, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas expressed his appreciation to China for supporting the sector that increased its contribution to Grenada’s gross domestic product (GDP), from 5.2% in 2007 to over 7% in 2012. The sector grew by 15% in 2012.

In paying tribute to former Minister for Agriculture, Michael Denis Lett, who only days ago passed away, the prime minister congratulated “our farmers and the ministry for taking up the challenge to resuscitate the agriculture industry improve production and enhance the quality of produce.”

“Mr Lett gave leadership to this period of growth of agriculture in Grenada. His contribution must be recognized,” the prime minister said, as he challenged the ministry to immediately implement measures that will enable farmers to utilize the equipment to further enhance the performance of the sector and improve production levels.

Permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture, Aaron Francois, announced the establishment of a new pool for agricultural equipment in the Southern District, to better service farmers in that area, along with the Western District.

This will allow resources now based in Mirabeau Agricultural Station to be used for farmers in the Northern and Eastern Districts.

Chinese ambassador to Grenada Xu Jianguo recognized the expansion of the agricultural sector in the recent past and pledged his government’s continued assistance to Grenada to ensure the further enhancement of the sector. The handover of the equipment on Tuesday brings to more than EC$4 million, the value of equipment provided by China to Grenada in four years.
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