St. Vincent and the Grenadines is set to export another shipment of cattle to Grenada and an additional 500 pigs, as the regional demand for local Livestock continues to increase.
In a release issued today, Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar said, with the demand for another 100 heads during the course of this week, this country will reach almost 50-percent of its export target, before the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Minister Caesar said the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to continue to conduct several strategic interventions, mainly in artificial insemination, to ensure that the country continues to meet the demand, while maintaining the necessary supply for local consumption and sustainable export.
The Minister said that the now seven year old cattle export sector has a multi-million dollar potential, and other islands in the OECS will be explored this year. He expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Grenada for their continued support.
Minister Caesar added that this demand for Livestock creates an excellent opportunity for Farmers and he encouraged persons to invest in the livestock sector, so that increased exports can be sustained.
The Ministry has made a call for private sector engagement in establishing a modern Abattoir to meet international standards for export, and to reduce the food imports of beef and beef products.
Last year, SVG achieved an increase of more that 100 percent in fish exports, compared with the figures for 2017. This increase has been attributed to the opening of the Argyle International Airport.