Matters relating to the improvement of agricultural production in Barbados were among the items discussed when Ambassador-designate of the United Mexican States, Rosario Asela Molinero paid a courtesy call on Acting Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Dwight Sutherland.
During the meeting, held recently at the Ministry’s Graeme Hall, Christ Church office, Minister Sutherland highlighted several areas in which Barbados’ agricultural sector could benefit from Mexico’s expertise.
These included: food security, combatting the impact of climate change on the sector, research, the exploration of the full value chain of local crops, and the provision of training and technical assistance.
Ambassador Molinero said the government of Mexico would work with the Government of Barbados to identify areas for cooperation and collaboration, which will be mutually beneficial to both countries.
Emphasizing the importance of a strong agricultural sector to any country, Ambassador Molinero also opined that the negative perception of agriculture needed to be changed, starting with educating children at an early age so they would not only be knowledgeable in the area, but also develop an appreciation and love for it.
Expressing appreciation for Mexico’s offers, Minister Sutherland said the Government of Barbados welcomed the opportunity to strengthen ties with the United Mexican States, especially as the two countries shared similar goals and challenges.
Barbados and Mexico established diplomatic relations in 1972.