The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) consultant Vraman Extravour has said that in 2011 the average import bill of wheat and wheat products to SVG was approximately $9 million USD.
Extravour said that the import food bill needs to be reduced, and this is one reason for the drive to use local produce to supplement the imports.
In this regard, she stated that there is a need to include sweet potato as another commodity to consider in the development of the Agriculture industry. Ms.
Extravour added that over the last decade the traditional agricultural pillars have fallen, and this has significantly impacted the economic stability region, and thus other ways stimulating the economy had to be found.