New Zealand offers assistance to CARICOM in small ruminants production

On 26th June, 2014, CARDI received a visit from Ms. Kathleen Pearce, Deputy Director, Global Bilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand. At that meeting, Ms. Pearce met with a senior CARDI team, with officials from CARICOM and FAO, Barbados joining on a GoTo Meeting hook up.

(l) Ms. Pearce in discussion with senior executives of CARDI at its Headquarters in St Augustine, Trinidad

(l) Ms. Pearce in discussion with senior executives of CARDI at its Headquarters in St Augustine, Trinidad

Ms. Pearce’s visit to the CARICOM Region was premised on the pillars of New Zealand’s development programme in the Caribbean, which includes Renewable Energy (specifically geothermal), Disaster Risk Management and Improving Knowledge and Skills. Under the third pillar, the CARICOM Secretariat specifically requested technical assistance in agriculture. After some discussions between CARICOM Secretariat and the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, the area of small ruminant husbandry and slaughter/meat processing was identified as a viable industry for technical assistance.

At the CARDI-hosted meeting, it was confirmed that small ruminants are a key focus for CARDI and have been identified (by the CARICOM Agriculture and Nutrition Security Cluster) on the short list of Regional priority commodities. A number of possible project areas were identified and these are being focused by a team from CARDI and IICA.

At the CARDI-hosted meeting, it was confirmed that small ruminants are a key focus for CARDI and have been identified (by the CARICOM Agriculture and Nutrition Security Cluster) on the short list of Regional priority commodities. A number of possible project areas were identified and these are being focused by a team from CARDI and IICA.

A draft Concept Note will be taken to the July meeting of the Cluster, scheduled in the coming weeks. The initial Project is proposed as a pilot in two or three countries; if successful a larger project for the Region will be developed.

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