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Godwin Hulse: Agriculture must build resilience, change and develop to survive

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020. 11:38 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Agriculture has survived significant shocks from drought to floods to COVID-19.

Minister of Agriculture Senator Godwin Hulse said today that its recovery depends on it being able to build climate resilience and to expand its business model.

The Minister commended the “smooth flow” of agricultural products during the COVID-19 emergency and mentioned the $100 million loans for relief to agricultural industries.

Moving forward, the industry focuses on finding new markets, involving digital and computerized services, as in the case of the livestock trade with Guatemala and Mexico.

Designated processing areas will be granted 12-month extensions and relief will be provided to help marketing and labeling of products and promoting climate smart agricultural programs.

This will help production continue for the course of the year and not be limited to seasons.

The Minister noted the rise of AgriLinks, a direct connection of digital marketing between farmers and wholesale companies which will eventually include transportation services.

And farmers are mostly registered under a national registry to help them get relief and their concerns addressed.

The Minister reiterated that Government was committed to keep the Agriculture pilar standing.

 

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