The Honourable Asot Michael with a view to bringing sustainable investment to the agro-industries in Antigua and Barbuda met yesterday with Mr. Luis Vicente Cavalli owner of Innovative Agro Industry (IAI) and the LR Group.
They specialize in Agriculture and Agro-Industries, Water treatment systems, reverse osmosis plants, as well as irrigation systems specifically for agricultural projects.
Since 1986 the company has been developing projects in Africa specifically in Angola, Gabon, Uganda and The Congo. They integrate training and technical development as well as secure dedicated financing for their projects from conception to execution. One of the defining features of IAI is the way in which they promote associations between the community and industry partners. They create Multi-disciplinary farms that twin agricultural and livestock activities together with Agroindustrial centers. They construct farm buildings, storage silos, produce processing plants; and offer crop management, dairy farm development, and poultry farm related services.
Minister Michael invited the company and their technical team to Antigua to hold talks with the Honourable Arthur Nibbs and the Ministry of Agriculture to analyze and appraise areas in need of investment and technological advancement in Antigua and Barbuda. The company has also extended an invitation to Minister Nibbs and his team to Colombia and to Israel to see firsthand the possibilities in person.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda believe strongly in strengthening linkages between agriculture and tourism and the overall development of agro-industries on the island.