I want to ensure that before next year finishes we have some factories in Grenada…this is the way we have to work if we have to develop as a country.
This was the hope expressed by Minister for Mobilisation Implementation, and Transformation (MIT), Andy Williams, who is currently in Canada exploring avenues for access to grant funding opportunities towards adding value to local raw produce through industrial development.
“We have the raw materials, and we have farmers, and we need to get more market for them…more ways that they can use their products… and as a people we have to come together so that we can achieve that,” said the MIT Minister, who made the disclosure during a Facebook live video on Tuesday.
“There are a lot of things that we can do,” Minister Williams said, noting that “there are a lot of things that we used to do in the 70s, and 80s that we are not doing now.”
“We can tap into teas (and) soaps. I don’t know how many of you know that we used to make soaps back in the day…By next year, I want to see us pulping mangoes, pulping fruits…so that when these fruits are out of season we can still be using them,” added the MIT Minister, who acknowledged the “need for more jobs and opportunities” for the country’s growing population.
Research shows that in the 1970’s, the country’s economy was based principally on Agriculture.
In 1979, the export of agricultural products accounted for approximately 97% of Grenada’s total export by volume with banana, cocoa, nutmeg, and mace constituting the major export crops.
Additionally, numerous other crops were produced on a smaller scale including coconuts, sugarcane, a variety of fruits and vegetables, coffee, and minor spices.