Communications Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Blue and Green Economy Petra Grell- Shillingford reminds vendors that there is an adequate amount of fresh produce on island for consumption during the 2023 independence celebrations. She was speaking during a WCMF press conference held this week. Grell-Shillingford said the produce includes provisions, citrus, cacao, meats, fish, and vegetables to name a few.
According to her, the Ministry of Agriculture has collaborated with the DEXIA under the Emergency Agriculture Livelihood Project to allow vendors to purchase fresh produce on a bulk level or wholesale from DEXIA.
“The mark-up is negligible. DEXIA is not in the business of making money and profit, they are here to satisfy the market when it comes to farmers and vendors,” Grell-Shillingford stated.
She explained that farmers sometimes have the produce at hand and they don’t know where to sell them.
“So, I want to encourage the vendors that when you are preparing your meal plans and menus, to think out of the box,” Grell-Shillingford encouraged.