Haiti, United States Talk Agriculture-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

March 6, 2013
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Haiti, United States Talk AgricultureAbove: Haiti Agriculture Minister Thomas Jacques and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Photo: USDA)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

United States Agriculture Secretary met Monday with Haiti Agriculture Minister Thomas Jacques for talks in Washington.

The talks included food security, trade and a presentation on a project by the US Department of Agriculture to improve market information systems in Haiti, according to a government release.

Jacques is currently on a week-long trip to the United States for meetings with US agencies, joined by officials from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Brazil is currently working on a project to provide support for cotton farmers in Haiti as part of an agreement with the United Nations.

Haiti’s agriculture sector was hit hard by a pair of hurricanes in the summer of 2012, which reportedly destroyed 70 percent of the country’s crops.

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COMMENT: HAITIAN-TRUTH.ORG

Why don’t we concentrate on food production?

In 1986, and before, Haiti was an exporter of rice and produced food for its needs.

Now we import everything, including $1,000,000,000 in rice.

Why produce cotton for someone else.

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