Minister responsible for agriculture Dr Kedrick Pickering has sidestepped questions in parliament about whether he is to be blamed for the territory’s food issues following the September 2017 hurricanes.
Several days after Hurricane Irma smashed into the territory, residents complained of a food shortage as well as the difficulties they experienced in acquiring necessary relief supplies.
While grilling government ministers for answers on Thursday (March 8), Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie asked Dr Pickering ‘if he dropped the ball pre-Hurricane Irma’, causing residents to go without food after the disaster.
Dr Pickering did not give a direct answer.
“Whatever my responsibilities were, and I didn’t fulfil those responsibilities, then obviously I dropped the ball,” the agriculture minister said.
Unfavourable reports on relief distribution
There were a number of reports that distribution supplies were being hoarded in containers rather than being distributed to needy residents after the hurricanes.
Other reports were that persons put in charge of distribution were unpleasant to residents who needed relief supplies.
An independent audit was carried out on relief distribution in the British Virgin Islands. However, Government is yet to release the findings of that report.
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