The largest single shipment of vacuum packed agricultural produce from St. Vincent and the Grenadines was exported to the United States on Tuesday.
The 32,000-pound shipment, valued at EC$175,000, is comprised of yams, dasheen, grated coconut, roasted breadfruit and an assortment fruit pulp.
The shipment was made possible through the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Vincy Fresh, and several entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.
The goods were vacuum packed in Lauders and are expected to arrive in the United States on Sept.
Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar recently told Parliament that there is a demand for one 40-foot container of vacuum packed agriculture products and 30,000 lbs of fish weekly.
This is the first of such containers. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently re-organizing its national food production plan in order to facilitate this new trading opportunity.
Caesar stated that this historical export comes as a result of years of efforts by stakeholders in the agriculture sector at diversification.
He further stated that any step to add value is one in the right direction.
A two-member team from the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to leave the state on Oct. 1 to continue promotion activities for the marketing of agricultural commodities in the United States.