Seed security necessary for food security

Seed importation is a major part of the import bill affecting the country at the moments, said University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Wendy-Ann Isaac.

The lecturer in weed science and agronomy told Newsday at the closing day of its TechAgri Expo held from March 24 to 26, “Our import is not just only on commodities.

It is also on planting material. We are heavily dependent on importing seed material, even though we produce.

That is where the Government would come in to support our faculty.

Where we do research into developing our own lines. Genetics and breeding are what we need to focus on. If you don’t have seed security, you don’t have food security.

That is one of the things we need to focus on here in TT.” The expo was held at university’s St Augustine Campus on the weekend.

Isaac said the country cutting its food import bill and exporting its agricultural products was feasible but there was a lot that had to be done for this to become a reality. Read more

Source: News Day (Trinidad & Tobago)