Majority shareholder of Infinite Solutions, Bishop John Cline has confirmed that government has granted his company the contract for the controversial Greenhouse Project in Paraquita Bay.
Back in February, Minister responsible for agriculture Dr Kedrick Pickering said three companies were vying to lease some 10 acres of land in Paraquita Bay for agribusiness purposes.
Bishop Cline said his company has been allowed to lease three acres of the 10 – an agreement that is four years in the making.
According to his deal with government, Cline’s company will use its portion of the land to grow food and produce energy.
The company is also expected to develop an alliance with the H Lavity Stoutt Community College to train students in greenhouse farming.
“The other thing that we have proposed in our contract is that we will get together with local farmers – those who are willing to create a farmer’s or agricultural cooperation; so that there are no competing interests,” Bishop Cline explained.
“The last component is the energy piece … we would have to negotiate with the BVI Electricity Corporation to interest them in getting the energy that they would need,” he added.
Gov’t not funding project
While speaking on local radio recently, the businessman sought to dispel rumours that government is contributing funds towards the revived greenhouse project.
He said his company will provide 100 percent of the capital to fund the project.
“The only thing that government is doing is leasing the land,” he said.
Asked when the project will launch, Bishop Cline said: “It will take a while to build from scratch, get everything in place, plant the seedlings, grow the food, and prepare a packing house.”
The businessman said the first greenhouse project would have begun producing results by December 2017; had it not been for the hurricanes.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed into the British Virgin Islands in September 2017.
Meanwhile, Cline disclosed that government is holding talks with other local investors to lease the remaining seven acres of land at Paraquita Bay.
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