St. Eustatius

Schouten Pledges Support for Food Security Statia

Minister Schouten and delegation receive a tour of the green house at the Made in Statia Agricultural project. GIS Photo

Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, has concluded her visit to St. Eustatius on a positive and optimistic note.

The minister had fruitful discussions with the Executive Council and senior civil servants regarding their vision for a more integrated approach to agricultural development on St. Eustatius.

The Minister has pledged her ministry’s support to ensure that food quality and security improves by assisting St. Eustatius with increasing controls of the manner food products are handled particularly during the process of import. “It is important that consumers on St. Eustatius and the Caribbean Netherlands on a whole are guaranteed food security in the same manner as consumers in the European part of The Netherlands”, says Schouten

Government Commissioner Marcolino Franco expressed appreciation to Minister Schouten for the support St. Eustatius has received from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the form of technical assistance and investments in projects such as the STENAPA reforestation project, Made in Statia and the water catchments near STUCO Solar Park and the Airport.

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