Balance positivo de la participación de Antigua y Barbuda en la XLI edición de AGRI Fest
The Antigua & Barbuda delegation that participated in the 41st Annual Agri-Fest Exhibition held in St Croix held its own, with the main booth placing second behind winner Nevis, and young farmer Twin-I Payne placing third in his category. The Agriculture and Food Fair in the US Virgin Island is where agriculture, arts and craft of the region come together for a grand showcase. For five consecutive years, Antigua & Barbuda outshine other countries, walking home with the overall winnings and in 2011, history was made when Payne, one of Antigua’s youngest farmers, emerged second behind Antigua & Barbuda’s main booth.
Communications Co-ordinator for the Ministry of Agriculture Onika Campbell commended Payne for his effort and encouraged other young farmers to take the initiative to market their skills and products. “I want to commend Payne, who took it on his own to come down and display art, craft and produce,” Campbell said. “Looking at the theme Youth in Agriculture Growing our Future, it is very fitting and it is a very sustainable way to go in developing our youths.”
She urged others to be active in the agricultural sector and join the effort to achieve national food security. A team comprising officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Marketing Corporation (CMC), Art and Craft, Confectionary, Agro-processors, Agro-suppliers and producers went to St Croix to participate in the annual event.
Their focus at this year’s event was on the exposure of authentic Antiguan goods and services – geared towards the development of the country’s export development. This is a Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment initiative, in collaboration with CMC.