Antigua and Barbuda celebrated World Food Safety Day 2021 yesterday, June 7, and Dr. Tubal Edwards, the Chief Veterinary Officer, called on farmers to produce at a higher level.
Speaking on State television, Dr. Edwards said that farmers – both livestock and produce – should ensure that whatever they are undertaking is done to the best of their ability. This is in order to provide good, wholesome food without the use of too many drugs.
The Chief Vet said that using too many antibiotics and fertilizers can be a turn-off to consumers, who prefer to shop for organic products these days.
Meanwhile, Gregory Bailey, the Director of Agriculture, outlined a number of concerns within the sector.
Bailey admonished farmers to be more professional, since agriculture is a business that can impact the country’s fiscal situation.
He said many farmers have a tendency of not wanting to comply with the rules and regulations that are in place to protect them, as well as the consumers.
As a result, Bailey said, the Government may have to legislate some of these regulations.
World Food Safety Day 2021 was celebrated under the theme “Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow,” in keeping with the old adage “You are what you eat.”