Last week highlights: Taiwan ties up with Carib Island for food safetyby RelevantStuff December 11, 2016
Following the grant commissioned to the two-island country by Japan to fight natural disasters, the government of St Kitts and Nevis has now collaborated with Taiwan for an agreement that aims at improvement in food production and preservation in the Caribbean twin-island nation. This is the second time that St Kitts and Nevis have signed an agreement with an Asian country or state, in the space of a week.
The agreement binds both the parties to work towards a pact to ensure the safety for the food being grown on the two islands. The project would be yearlong and also aims at strengthening brand marketing, as well as better quality of testing for pesticide residue and soil fertility.
Taiwan’s resident ambassador, George Gow Wei Chiou, said that experts from Taiwan will work with local experts in St Kitts and Nevis to conduct research on existing products, as well as work on their sustainable development, marketing and promotion.
The project, The Food Processing Commercialization Development Expert Dispatch, has been implemented to increase the revenue and yield through processing foods including green banana, flour, pumpkin powder, guava cheese, breadfruit, etc. The project also presents additional opportunities for local farmers by raising the prospects for export, according to Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, St. Kitts and Nevis. The minister also said that these developments are of great significance to women, who make up 80 percent of the people involved in this venture. He lauded the Taiwan ambassador’s efforts to strengthen the ties between the two countries, which have stood strong for over 32 years.
Other areas that will flourish through this venture are tourism, commercial skills and marketing management techniques. Taiwan is one of the developed states in Asia, with a very high Human Development Index, ranked 21st in the world. The St Kitts and Nevis islands are located right between North and South America, though not bordering any of the two, slightly to the east of the Isthmus of Panama that links the two continents.