CASTRIES, St Lucia, Laboratories in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency.
The Castries based OECS Commission, through its Agriculture Unit, has handed over EC$300,000 worth of laboratory equipment to agriculture health and food safety (AHFS) testing laboratories and pest risk analysis units of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The new laboratory equipment was purchased under the 10th EDF Regional Integration and Trade of the OECS Region Project.
Programme officer in the Agriculture Unit of the OECS Commission, George Alcee, thanked the European Union for responding to the request for laboratory equipment, and for its continued support under the harmonisation and enhancement of OECS agriculture health and food safety systems.
Alcee said the programme, which started in 2012, has strengthened the health and food safety systems in the OECS.