March 9, 2012
Caesar wants more tractors

As the Ministry of Agriculture seeks to further enhance the agricultural sector, the Minister responsible says mechanization will play a critical role.{{more}}

Currently, there are only four functional tractors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a study conducted approximately

ten years ago identified that if the benefits of mechanization are to be achieved in the agricultural sector, then there is need for approximately 25 to 30 working tractors.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, during a field visit, Minister Saboto Caesar revealed that his ministry is in the process of seeking assistance to acquire more tractors.

He disclosed that through the assistance of Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves, farmers can look forward to the arrival of equipment to assist with the mechanization in agriculture here.

According to Caesar, on Monday morning, two documents were drafted by the Ministry of Agriculture to be sent to the governments of Japan and Venezuela to seek assistance with mechanization, mainly by way of tractor services.

“We are trying to see how we can use the assistance of our foreign diplomats and also the office of the Prime Minister to see how we can get forms of mechanization…

“As we seek to enhance the agricultural sector, mechanization is going to play a critical role in the way forward,” Caesar stated. (AA)