Agriculture: SVG launches “Love Box” initiative to provide support to families

RELEASE: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been a leader in the hemisphere during this decade in its achievement to reduce hunger and undernourishment. SVG was the first OECS member state to establish a Parliamentary Front against Hunger and Undernourishment.

Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, accepted the Zero Hunger achievement award in Rome, Italy from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Zero Hunger Trust Fund continues to deliver to citizens in need.

As such, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has launched a “Love Box” initiative to provide support to families which may have experienced food vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting on 11th May, 2020, Langley Park Palletization Centre, Lauders Agro-processing Plant, La Croix Palletization Centre and Rose Bank Community Centre will be the purchasing stations for produce from farmers for redistribution. Farmers will be permitted to come to these facilities and retail produce to persons wishing to purchase. The SVG COVID-19 Food Producers Care Programme has three segments which will all be operational from the four listed locations:

  1. Establishment of Farmers Markets;
  2. The Love Boxes Initiative;
  3. Farmer’s Support Company access to credit and grants.

The Ministry of Agriculture will provide support to these farmers in the areas of food packaging and transportation. The process of distribution will be managed by churches and civil society organizations working in conjunction with the Ministries of Social Development and Ecclesiastical Affairs. Purchasing and delivery would be done over a 3-day period (Monday to Wednesday) on a fortnightly basis.

Hon. Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, noted, “this project will create a significant internal market for farmers. This marketing and distribution support will ensure that our farmers can increase investment in production at a time when SVG’s request for food to be exported to the region is at its highest.”

SVG continues to export agriculture commodities throughout the region.

Item Price/lb  Price
5 Finger $0.50  
Arrowroot starch $10.00  
Banana    
Green $0.85  
Ripe $1.05  
Breadfruit $0.80  
Butternut Squash $1.50  
Cabbage $3.00  
Carrot $2.50  
Chive $1.75  
Coconut    
Water $0.60  
Dry $0.80  
Corn on the cob   $1.00 each
Corned Fish $12.00  
Cucumber $1.50  
Dashseen $1.20  
Eddoes $1.50  
Egg   $15.00/flat
Ginger $3.00  
Guava $1.00  

 

The following commodities would be procured at the associated prices.

 

Item Price/lb  Price
Lemon $2.00  
Mango (non-Julie) $0.55  
Melon $2.00  
Passion Fruit $1.60  
Pawpaw $1.00  
Pepper    
Hot $1.40  
Sweet $4.50  
Plantain    
Green $0.80  
Ripe $1.00  
Pumpkin $0.80  
Soursop $1.50  
Sugar Apple $1.50  
Sugarcane   $4.00/length
Sweet Potato $1.20  
Tania $1.80  
Tomato $3.00  
Turmeric $1.50  
Wax Apple $0.50  
Yam $2.00  

Farmers are asked to present a valid farmer’s ID upon delivery and to ensure that all produce are properly cleaned and of good quality.

Interested farmers are advised to contact 456-8113 or 593-8534.