Importaciones bloqueadas en Antigua y Barbuda para fomentar consumo de productos locales
As part of efforts to promote and support locally grown products, there has been a temporary restriction on the importation licenses of seven vegetables due to a surplus in the market.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment has restricted the importation of onion, cabbage, carrot, sweet pepper, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, and butternut squash during the month of April 2011.
Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture Sharon Peters says, the Central Marketing Co- operation (CMC), continues to assist farmers to market their agricultural produce and importers desirous of purchasing fresh vegetables are asked to liaise with (CMC) to effect such purchase.
The move comes as the ministry continues to encourage residents to buy local and reduce the importation of Agricultural goods and services into Antigua and Barbuda.
Last year the ministry imported approximately 16 million lbs of vegetables.
Importers of these fresh vegetables are encouraged to contact the Central Marketing Co-operation (CMC), our major marketing agent for these vegetables at 462-1491.