MONTROUIS, Artibonite, HT (sentinel.ht) – A grouping of peasant farmers expressed their skepticism about the Haitian government’s ability to apply phytosanitary measures to properly screen food products imported into Haiti for pests or pathogens.
Tet Kole Ti Peyizan, Small Farmers Association, coordinator, Rosnel Jean-Baptiste said, “the Haitian government, via the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, will it have real authority to take proper measures on imported products, which make 80% of the population hospital patients?”
Jean-Baptiste made these remarks in an interview with AlterPresse. He went on to add that phytosanitary measures “would be important for the country. It would mean that we have a sovereign state, which could prevent @!$# from being imported to invade the local market”.
However the Coordinator for Tet Kole Ti Peyizan said “the only means to prevent @!$# from being imported and from invading the domestic market is to invest in local agriculture”. He added that “investing in domestic agriculture would contribute to food sovereignty, which could feed the population adequately”.
To combat Haiti”s import economy and the rising cost of living, the country should invest in local production, a key factor to achieving food sovereignty, advances Tet Kole Ti Peyizan.
The Agriculture Ministry (MARNDR) proceeded, Thursday, August 25, 2016, to launch a stimulus workshop of a national committee, called to work on phytosanitary measures in Haiti.
That committee is composed of representatives of the MARNDR, the Ministries of Trade and Industry (MCI), Public Health and Population (MSPP), representatives of the State Department of Agriculture of the United States America (USDA), the US Agency for International development (USAID) and the private sector, among others.
During this workshop was discussed the health status of animals and plants in Haiti and other Caribbean countries.
Emphasis was also placed on the importance of the SPS national committee (SPS) for Haiti.
There have been proposals for defining specific responsibilities in the public and private sectors, in the safety of animal and vegetable food in Haiti.
This workshop aimed to facilitate a safety control (which causes no adverse effects on human health) food, to enhance the sanitary and phytosanitary measures for animals and plants.
The agronomist Bertrand Talot hopes broad participation in this committee, to allow Haiti to respect the standards for health protection for animals and plants.
Friday 19 August 2016, the Collective for the defense and agricultural development in the Artibonite Valley (Coddaval) alerted the public about a government decision to sell 18,000 metric tons (720,000 bags) of rice in from Vietnam, during the rice harvest period (August-October 2016) in the Artibonite Valley.
The Coddaval asked the MARNDR to play, actually, “his role of arbiter, without bias”, seeking “to defend, actually, the interests of producers and growers, farmers and farmers’, who, truly, need fertilizers for agricultural production in the Artibonite Valley.
Meanwhile, the General Administration of Customs (AGD) has asked officials of customs offices in the seizure of used cooking oil cargoes imported from the Bahamas Islands and Florida (United States of America ).
This cooking oil, already used in restaurants of Bahamas Islands and Florida, is imported in the country, “in violation of phytosanitary rules” governing the matter, said the AGD, in a memorandum dated August 4, 2016 following a correspondence dated 28 July 2016, the Office of the Prime Minister, Jean-Charles Enex.