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"There isn t a sense of urgency and that
is what we need today, a sense of urgency
among our policymakers," he said. "Maybe
we should have term limits for the entire
Caribbean and then policymakers may know
that you only have a small period to achieve
what you want to."
Jagdeo also said there was need for more
funding to be put into the agriculture sector,
adding that tax holidays should also be given
to the sector.
He said the region was also not meeting
international requirements to deal with the
issue of climate change, which he stressed
was also about votes.
"We have been struggling in Caricom to
get this issue on the agenda for ages and
for our leaders to pay attention to the exis-
tential threat that it poses for our region
and the threat that it poses for our way of
life and social welfare and economic devel-
He added: "Yet we can only respond and
we seem to develop a sense of urgency only
when we are struck with a hurricane and
for two months after that every leader talks
about climate change and then we forget
it."Jagdeo said the same thing had happened
in the area of agriculture.
He pointed out that in 2008, when there
were significant price increases in com-
modities around the world, every regional
leader accepted that it was a political issue
and there was some urgency then.
But when the prices abated, "w e lost
interest again." He predicted that prices
would rise again.
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Buck up on agriculture, climate control
Ex-Guyana president tells Caricom leaders:
Former Guyana president Bharrat Jagdeo says
Caricom leaders are not doing enough to deal with
the region s declining agriculture production and
the issue of climate control.
He was addressing Monday s launch of the Faculties
of Food and Agriculture and Science and Technology
at Daaga Auditorium at the University of the West
Indies, St Augustine Campus. The faculties have
been separated to allow for greater development.
He said only in three Caribbean nations did agri-
culture contribute more than ten per cent of the
GDP, adding that there were also declines in the
budgetary allocations for agriculture in Caricom
member states and a decline in employment in the
Jagdeo told the audience, which included Tertiary
Education and Skills Training Minister Fazal Karim,
Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj and campus
principal Prof Clement Sankat, that clearly something
must be wrong if there was so much academic success
and achievement at the university but it was not
contributing to making the policy-makers more aware
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