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Efficient Resource Management
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RESOURCE MANAGEMENT | Water, Resources, Pollution and waste management

It is predicted that in future increasing demands will be made on our dwindling water resources. It is therefore imperative that all water use sectors use water optimally and efficiently to ensure that the needs of both the environment and people are satisfied for now and future generations.

The decision to cease the production of sugar for export under the EU/ACP Sugar Protocol Agreement – a 3 century long tradition - is among the most momentous decision ever made in the country. While the immediate concern following the end of the 2005 crop in July was to ensure that the affected workers were paid their severance package based on previous agreements, the medium to longer term challenge is to provide significant opportunities to reconfigure the economy to become more productive, responsive and competitive.

This grounds the agriculture sector as a key area of growth in the national economy. The policy of the Government is to significantly increase non-sugar agriculture production in a competitive and sustainable manner through the development of farmers. Production will be market led and the penetration of new markets will be an area of focus. An integrated production and marketing system is expected to contribute to the economic diversification programme. Special emphasis will be placed on the commercialization of farmers in an attempt to transform the sector into one that is internationally competitive. One area of focus is the development and implementation of a non-sugar agricultural diversification programme that would assist in the up scaling of the current production for the domestic market and the development of selected products for the export market. Attention is also being placed on the potential utilization of sugarcane in various economic and value added processes for energy production (co-generation of electricity and ethanol), rum distillation and livestock feed. The investment in new enterprises aligned with tourism and agriculture including heritage, cultural and industrial activities are also being considered.

Growth in the medium term will take advantage of opportunities exist for the development of non-sugar agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis, including improved and increased to access fertile agricultural land currently occupied by sugarcane for non-sugar crops to supply the expanding tourism sector with fresh local produce on a regular basis and improve their competitiveness with imported products. Export market opportunities also exist in the nearby sub-regional markets that currently depend on the importation of local vegetables and fruits from extra-regional sources.

The development challenges that agriculture must overcome to meet its growth objectives in St. Kitts and Nevis are no different from other CARICOM states and coincidence of the St. Kitts and Nevis policy goals with regional and hemispheric initiatives provides some a guarantee of support on the regional and hemispheric front. Indeed, opportunities exist for St. Kitts and Nevis to benefit from the regional, hemispheric and international and partnerships with the OECS, through its Agriculture Plan, the CARICOM led Jagdeo Initiative, the Caribbean Fisheries Regional Mechanism (CRFM), the UN FAO-led National Medium Term Investment Profiles (NMTIP), the Summit of the Americas Agriculture Agenda 2015 and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially Goals 1, 3, 7 and Goals 8.

* Extracted from the National Medium Term Priority Framework for FAO Assistance – St. Kitts and Nevis Draft document, 2006