Meyers gets briefed on new Inspectorate

POSTED: 07/11/11 12:57 PM

St. Maarten –Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers was briefed about the Inspectorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) that falls under his ministry recently. The Inspectorate’s primary focus will be policy issues and offering advice to organizations on matters involving agriculture, livestock and fisheries development.

The objectives and core tasks of Inspectorate LVV will be to protect the flora and fauna of the country; to develop the local agricultural based industry; to develop markets for locally produced meat and meat products, plants and plant produce and locally harvested fish; and to work in cooperation with similar regional and international entities.

The Agriculture section will focus on legislation, policy development, land use policies, public awareness, agricultural stimulation, food security and safety and market development. The Livestock section will also focus on legislation and policy development, animal herd health and certification, abattoir/market, roaming animals, complaint handling and audits at the zoo. Next to creating legislation and doing policy development the Fisheries section will handle vessel registration, catch data/catch sites and delineation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“Government will be working closely with stakeholders to inform and to get their input with respect to the current state of affairs and the way forward with respect to agriculture, livestock and fisheries development,” Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers said on Thursday.

The Inspectorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office is located in the Savence Building (Yellow), Tamarinde Steeg #16C on the Pond Fill, which houses various government offices such as Public Works and the Building Inspections Department. The office can be reached at 542-4519.

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