A Memorandum of Understanding was officially signed on Friday, July 17th between the Ministry of National Mobilization and the Ministry of Agriculture to forge deeper and wider collaborations between the two ministries.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Raymond Ryan explained that the signing of the agreement is timely, as it seeks to establish a strategic framework in order to reduce poverty, enhance rural livelihoods and build the production and marketing capacity of rural agricultural cooperatives.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Mobilization, Social Development, Family Gender Affairs, Persons with disabilities and Youth, Frederick Stephenson said the memorandum of understanding aims to pave the way for greater planned and focus collaboration and utilization of scarce resources for addressing the issues of poverty and unemployment in a practical and sustainable way.

Stephenson, who disclosed that to date there are some 21 farmers producing cooperatives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is hoping that the agreement will seek to enhance and strengthen the structure and the management of the cooperatives with the continue assistance of the cooperative division and the technical persons within the Ministry of Agriculture.



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