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Monday, 27 March 2017

OECS labs receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017, the OECS Commission, through its Agriculture Unit, handed a total of EC$309,416.94 worth of laboratory equipment to agriculture health and food safety (AHFS) testing laboratories and pest risk analysis units of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The dockets for the equipment were handed to lab managers and supervisors, and ministry of agriculture officials of the beneficiary countries at a ceremony in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The new laboratory equipment was purchased under the 10th EDF Regional Integration and Trade of the OECS Region Project. In his brief remarks, programme officer in the Agriculture Unit of the OECS Commission, George Alcee, thanked the European Union for responding to the request for laboratory equipment, and for its continued support under the harmonisation and enhancement of OECS agriculture health and food safety systems. Alcee said the programme, which started in 2012, has strengthened the health and food safety systems in the OECS. The pest risk analysis support component of the programme involves the provision of training for all OECS countries to undertake science-based risk assessments, and provide quarantine policy advice, to protect plant health status, whilst facilitating trade. It also involves the procurement of equipment to establish pilot labs in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Saint Lucia to safeguard against the entry of exotic pests, consistent with the International Plant Protection Convention.

Source: www.caribbeannewsnow.com