In Photo: Mr. Jai Rampersaud, General Manager of Bunny Import & Export, in discussion with Mr. Jethro Greene and the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
The Eastern Caribbean Trading and Agriculture Development Organisation (ECTAD), the registered Secretariat of the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) has been the lead organisation within the network in exploring trading markets for agricultural produce within the Caribbean Region as well as to markets in Europe, primarily England and France.
ECTAD commenced its intra-regional trade thrust through its farmers' groups from a number of areas in St. Vincent with the shipment of a wide assortment of produce to Grenada in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004. This was followed up with commencement, of regular shipment of roots and tubers, primarily dasheen to European markets, namely, England and France, which has been sustained over the past nine years.
As of 2016, ECTAD continued its marketing thrust, supplying over 1,450 boxes of produce to Bunny Import Export in Trinidad and Tobago. According to Chief Coordinator of ECTAD/CaFAN, Mr. Jethro Greene, "This is only the beginning of a regional comprehensive production, marketing, import replacement and food and nutrition security program, that will involve many more Caribbean countries lead by small farmers business organisations to local, regional and international markets".
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Dear CaFAN Family,
Greetings and best wishes for the holiday season!
We look forward to more success in 2017, with your leadership, commitment, and togetherness. We want to continue to build on the positives and pay less attention to the negatives.
Ideas, suggestions, and regrets are easy to come by, but putting them into actions still remains the hardest part of the business. I urge you to concentrate on that hard part of the business because, at the end of the day, it is sound achievements that really matters. I also wish for you to always bear in mind that the race is not just for the swift, nor is the battle for the strong but those who endure to the end; using their brain power and finding solutions outside of the norm stand the best chance of achieving success.
We intensified our efforts in 2016 with the help of our partners, our regional platform – CTA, CaFAN, ECTAD, Bunny’s Import & Export, Sandals Foundation – and our technical partners, CARDI, FAO, IICA, CARICOM, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministries of Agriculture, and COLEACP to focus on profitable sustainable markets for our small farmers in the network.
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