Consultant reviewing ag sector

A consultant from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture arrived in Grand Cayman on 25 July to begin a month long review of Cayman’s agricultural sector.

Dr. Patrick Alleyne has been engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture, working through the CARICOM Secretariat, to undertake a review and analysis of the agricultural sector and to prepare draft recommendations and proposals for a new strategic direction.

‘Dr. Alleyne will be meeting with key Department of Agriculture staff and stakeholders in order to get a comprehensive understanding and to analyse the local agriculture sector,’ Chief Agriculture and Veterinary officer Dr. Alfred Benjamin explained in a GIS press release.

‘The findings and recommendations of this study will help guide the strategic development of the sector over the next several years, and for the department specifically, they will also identify a future strategic direction and areas for institutional strengthening and growth.’

Dr. Alleyne will interview stakeholders including farmers, the Agricultural Society, food importers, wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants, the Chamber of Commerce as well as personnel in the Ministry and Departments of Agriculture. He will also travel to the Sister Islands to collect information and interview stakeholders there.

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