Agriculture Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said while the focus is on food security at this time, government’s plan to cultivate and produce medicinal marijuana will still happen.
Minister Wheatley said the interest remains high from persons who are want to become farmers in the industry.
“That is something that is coming as well … [but] government is not putting much money into the marijuana initiative, mainly investors” Dr Wheatley told BVI News on Friday.
“Food production right now is the priority but we are going to do other things as well to create jobs and business opportunities to get money into the economy.”
In the meantime, the minister said government is now seeking land for agriculture on all the territory’s major islands. He said these lands will be provided to farmers for food production.
The promise for medical marijuana
Roughly 100 Virgin Islanders are expected to each receive a half-acre plot of land from the government for the cultivation and production of medicinal marijuana in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, Premier Andrew Fahie had said back in January.
The Premier had further said government is currently working on incentives for potential investors to have at least one of them set up shop here in the BVI.
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