Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has issued a clarion call beckoning Grenadians to take the positives from the COVID-19 experience and get used to consuming food produced locally.
Addressing a live television programme on Wednesday, the prime minister said while the impact of the disease has been devastating on the Grenadian economy with the tourism sector hardest hit, the level of resilience shown by the Grenadian community particularly those in the agricultural sector has been overwhelming.
The prime minister noted that as he travels throughout the length and breadth of Grenada the number of booths and stalls selling agricultural produce has increased significantly, a strong reminder he said that as a people, greater attention is needed in the area of agriculture.
The Grenadian leader said that while this seemingly new trend has taken on a new dimension under trying times, it should be viewed as a time of deep reflection, as the country positions itself going forward in the post-COVID-19 era.
Given the present restrictions in public transportation, several small farmers have decided to set up shops on the roadside in the various communities to sell their produce rather than taking the risk to use the areas allocated for farmers’ market by the government
Grenada, like most of its Caribbean neighbours, is heavily dependent on tourism, a sector as in Grenada’s case, that has accounted for upwards of 5.6 % of the country’s labour force, employing more than 2,500 Grenadians. COVID-19’s arrival in the Caribbean has changed the socio-economic landscape, bringing into focus in more ways than one, just how fragile that industry is and the need to diversify.
According to the Grenadian leader despite its destructive attributes, COVID-19’s arrival in the region might just be an eye-opener, not just for those in authority but as a people, making the necessary adjustments in the way we do business.