Programme Objective 

To provide strategic direction, management and administrative services to support the efficient and effective operation of the Ministry's programmes and activities.

Key Programme Strategies/Activities for 2017

  1. Enhance human resource capacity via training programmes in customer service, record management, software application, project management and financial regulations.
  2. Reduce the food import bill through a process of import substitution by focusing on selected commodities.
  3. Develop an agricultural sector plan in congruence with the National Economic and Social Development Plan 2013-2025 and associated medium term plans.
  4. Develop an agricultural and fisheries investment guide (including a portfolio of commercial investments for private sector investment in production/harvesting, marketing and agro-processing and agro/eco- tourism) in collaboration with Invest SVG.
  5.  Integrate livelihoods into food security and sustainable agriculture.
  6. Implement a "By Fresh" campaign to grow demand for locally produced foods, especially among the youth or changing consumer preference.
  7. Encourage sustainable resource management and the conservation of ecological systems.
  8. Strengthen the administrative and management structure of the Farmers' Support Company.
  9. Monitor and evaluate all project and programmes implemented by the Ministry monthly.
  10. Enhance efficiency in the production of the major commodities with the aim of being more competitive in marketing and processing.
  11. Promote the sustainable use of marine resources.
  12. Increase foreign exchange earnings from locally produced agricultural commodities.
  13. Continue the commercialization of the fishing industry.
  14. Assessment of value chains with the aim of improving the industry.
  15. Collaboration with various stakeholders to developing and sourcing funding for two (2) culinary/food festivals: Breadfruit Festival, Mango Festival and Fish Nights. 
  16. Revise legislation concerning theft of farm produce and the damage of agriculture crops by animals.
  17. Establish a land bank register with available lands for purchase and lease.
  18. Increasing market shares though: Revision of an agricultural export strategy to maximize air transport (Argyle International Airport) and maritime transport; Aggregation of producers and linking them with regional and global food chains; and Establishment of a trade facilitator posts in strategic agricultural markets.
  19. Development of an agro-forestry programme in collaboration with the Forestry Division to promote the sustainable use of land, local timber and the production expansion of timber, coffee and cocoa.
  20. Formalization of the diversification functions to adequately facilitate agricultural marketing, commercialization and agro-tourism development activities.
  21. Establish/re-establish mechanisms to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration as a means of pursuing joint development:  
    1. National Agro-tourism Committee facilitate of the agro-tourism sub-sector development; 
    2. District Action Alliances to facilitate agro-tourism tour route development; and 
    3. National Breadfruit Committee as a national chapter of the Caribbean Breadfruit network to pursue breadfruit industry development."
  22. Collaboration with various stakeholders to developing and sourcing funding for two (2) culinary/food festivals: Breadfruit Festival, Mango Festival and Fish Nights. 
  23. Training of entrepreneurs to build their capacity to pursue commercial agribusiness investments in value-added business.
  24. Sourcing of funds to develop community based agro-industries and -tourism investments.
  25. Piloting the successful implementation of tours to farms, forest and fishing areas to increasing livelihood opportunities in the agricultural sector.
  26. Increasing market shares though: Revision of an agricultural export strategy to maximize air transport (Argyle International Airport) and maritime transport; Aggregation of producers and linking them with regional and global food chains; and Establishment of a trade facilitator posts in strategic agricultural markets.
  27. Enhance traditional commodities using technology and the application of science.
  28. Improve food safety from plant health to food processing.
  29. Adapt climate change and disaster risk management measures and mitigation strategies for reducing risk and improving resilience in the agriculture sector.
  30. Strengthen the capacity of cooperatives to enhance earnings generated from increased agriculture output.
  31. Promote and support opportunities for youth and women in agriculture.
  32. Implement the diversification strategy for the agriculture sector. 
  33. Development of agro-forestry programme in collaboration with the Forestry Division to promote the sustainable use of local timber and the production expansion of timber, coffee and cocoa.