Minister

Minister
Hon. Saboto Caesar

Biography

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  Welcome to the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour.
The Ministry is the institutional body of the state responsible for the 
formulation, articulation and implementation of all policies and plans relating to Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour. 
The administrative arm of this Ministry is responsible for:
   - The co-ordination of all programmes of the various Departments, Divisions and Units.
  - The maintenance of communication with local, regional and international bodies affecting the functions of the Ministry.
  - The administration of revenue and expenditure transactions approved by Parliament.

Restoration work has begun on the largest mangrove forest and lagoon in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The work, which is led by local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Sustainable Grenadines Inc., will create breaches in strategic areas of the abandoned marina piers. This will create water circulation in the area which has been almost stagnant for the last 20 years. 

The project will restore the Ashton Lagoon’s ecosystem, including its mangroves and salt pond habitat, to create a conducive environment for fisheries, coral and mangrove and bird habitat, while increasing the coastal resilience to Climate Change. These improvements are intended to further improve the Ashton community, and create an environment for economic opportunities. 

In 1994, a marine-hotel-golf-course development was initiated within the lagoon, despite the area’s designation as a marine conservation area. After a year, the project was abandoned when the development company declared bankruptcy. Additionally, activities conducted prior to this caused catastrophic damage to the lagoon. Dredging and the construction of the marina causeway blocked water circulation within the lagoon that led to the loss of significant coastal livelihood resources. 

Phase one of the restoration work is funded by The Nature Conservancy, through the Philip Stephenson Foundation, and the Grenadines Partnership Fund, through The Nature Conservancy, to complete the Phase I Engineering Works at the Ashton Lagoon. 

The Phase I activities include the partial excavation of 5 piers to restore circulation of water both in and out of the lagoon area. Excavation activities are expected to take place between November and December 2017. 

Please view SusGren’s Facebook page to follow the progress of activities. 

phone
(784) 456-1410
pbx
(784) 456-1111
ext. no.
321/311
email
agriculture@gov.vc

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