Strategic options in Crop Diversification and Livestock sector 2007-2015
The ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries has launched in August a comprehensive program for the development of the non-sugar agricultural sector. The definition of such a strategy has become essential in view of the many changes brought about by the restructuring of the sugar sector, but also the need to review the Non-Sugar Sector Strategic Plan (NSSSP) 2003-2007 and our food policy given namely our increasing reliance on imports and projected tourist arrival in the coming years.
The program takes into account Government policy for promoting access to agricultural land, agribusiness, good agricultural practice, innovative production methods, improving food quality and safety, reducing dependency on import, promoting export, and ensuring food security.
The overall goal is to significantly increase food and agricultural production in a competitive and sustainable manner by the year 2015 through innovative production methods, novel products development while opening access to new markets. Opportunities, land suitability, production targets, implementation plan, capital requirement, and accompanying measures have been identified for a number of key commodities such as potato, tomato and onion but also for those crops having a promising potential (aloe vera, aromatic herbs, palmshoot and pitaya).