Opinion: Something good for St. Maarten

POSTED: 07/11/11 1:07 PM

Former Commissioners Maria Buncamper-Molanus and Hyacinth Richardson will likely be filled with joy to read that St. Maarten now has an Inspectorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Both these people, though on opposite ends of the political spectrum, had a singular view on agriculture: It is a means to achieve economic diversification, create a healthier population and create food security.

In their own way both Buncamper-Molanus and Richardson worked to have agriculture get its due. On her turn the former Commissioner and Minister used her time in the Executive Council to encourage people to plant back yard gardens, even taking the bull by the horns, grabbing the Government Information Service and overseeing the production of a series of interviews with local farmers to promote local produce and the gardens. Richardson worked to get the industry some financing, at one point pledging to the Island Council that he’d request one million guilders to fund agriculture programs.

Without argument over who did more and what was an intention versus actual accomplishment, both paved the way for what is happening now. In the present the government, through the direct leadership of the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, can continue to build on the foundation can u buy diazepam online that was laid. There’s some trust that things will move because Meyers has stated that he will always support what is good for St. Maarten and her people and that will allow St. Maarteners to prosper. Promoting agriculture, even if it’s just a backyard thing, will definitely accomplish both those goals.

The planning that will go into the first days of this department will be a critical factor in its success. There should be no rush to expect miracles from them and though they should get the field work done, it’s also necessary to ensure that the laws and policies that will allow them to be effective are there. Out of that may very well come more opportunities for them and others to get into the deeper nuances of the industry, especially considering there’s a discussion on a trade deal on agricultural produce with Dominica. That deal however should be supplementary to what St. Maarten can do for its self.

Steps like these again prove that the country is moving in the right direction and growing up and yes while some haste is required, a great amount of due consideration will always be necessary.

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