Kralendijk – Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, will visit the Caribbean Netherlands from September 2nd to September 6th. The visit is aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration and the progress of various projects in the area of agricultural and horticultural development, nature conservation and fishing in Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. The government has provided €30 million from the Regional Envelope for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. This will, among others, be used for poverty reduction, and the enhancement of food security and food safety in the Caribbean Netherlands.
During the working visit, the program is focused on the themes of nature conservation and local food security in relation to agricultural and horticultural development and fishing. The Caribbean Netherlands’ food supply is largely dependent on import and the local food production is vulnerable to climate change, water shortage, water pollution and erosion. As a result, groceries are expensive and fresh food is not always available.
In addition, there will also be attention for the exchange of knowledge
and ideas in the area of circular agriculture.
Minister Schouten will start her working visit to the Caribbean Netherlands in Saba, where she will be informed about efforts in the area of the protection of corals and local vegetable cultivation, among others. She will subsequently travel to St. Eustatius, where she will have talks with local fishermen, market vendors and the Dienst Landbouw, Veeteelt en Visserij (LVV; Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Service). The Minister will conclude her trip on Bonaire, where she will visit various agricultural entrepreneurs, an initiative for healthy food for children and a variety of organisations which are active in nature management.