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Premier disputes not doing much for agriculture

On Tidal Roots Farm. (Photo provided)

In the face of accusations that his government has been operating without a plan, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has refuted claims that he did nothing for agriculture over the last few years as the subject minister.

“I don’t agree with you (reporter) that I didn’t do much but a lot of the stuff that I started… it’s a partnership. We build on what was there before us. We build on successes, even of different administrations,” the Premier said at a recent press conference.

The Premier expressed that his government recognised the need for a farming and water policy and has made moves in this direction but argued that much effort was made to get water for farmers at Paraquita Bay.

He explained that a geotechnical study was being conducted before the completion of a reservoir, which he promised would have a real impact on farming in the territory.

Premier Wheatley commended Junior Minister for Agriculture Dr Karl Dawson for being very impressive and expressed confidence that Dr Dawson will continue to build on that legacy and bring it to completion.

“Government is a continuum and we continue to push the needle forward. I think what’s important is that we don’t drop the ball and we don’t move backwards and we continue to progress forward,” the Premier added.

Dr Wheatley said rebuilding the agricultural sector is not an overnight process and shared that he was displeased it had taken so long.

However, the Premier said the BVI is moving in the right direction and promised to make the necessary adjustments.


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  1. lol says:

    According to mika barry it only have one needle he pushing and it don’t got nothing to do with agriculture. The place is small enough that anybody who interested can see whether or not anything significant is being done for agriculture. The one or two actual farmers that I know personally say ayo a waste of time.

  2. Where is the returns says:

    Where is the returns for the money taken from pensioners to
    Put in the stimulus package after COVID nothing . Stupid housing at Joes Hill like sore eyes wasting our hard earn tax dollars .
    Only given a merely 3.257 % on your SS per yers and squandering millions . With no Food price control . Shame on you

  3. Stuck in Neutral says:

    The late R T O’Neal is said to have studied in in St Kitts as part of his educational studies. I suggest that regarding Food Security that we again check in with St.Kitts n Nevis. They have been serious about food security since the pandemic and lockdown of the country and the resulting Sky High Food Prices ..and are doing something about it. I am not aware of any significant sums of moneys or grants their Food Growers have been awarded. Notwithstanding they have organised themselves into an association type structure called St.Kitts and Nevis Backyard Gardening Club. Of course with St.Kitts being some 68 sq miles and Nevis 38 sq miles or in that area, they are much more capable of producing much of their own food. They operate as a membership with a well designed Facebook page that is constantly updating their new members addition, which is well beyond Five Thousands and constantly expanding.
    There is apparently regular posting on the internet photos and videos of their production; including plants for sale,their Harvests, whether individual or group harvest, offer various seeds and seedlings to fellow members and of course share their techniques as well.
    It is also worth sharing that st.Kitts/Nevis is among several other Caribbean Countries that has a Price Control system in place that have personnel that actually go into the stores and supermarkets with the serious intent of maintaining fair and manageable prices.
    Meanwhile here in Bcuz we have wasted upwards of 7-million $ers, plus the enormous grants to farmers.
    Normal Sleep is usually a few hours and mostly at nights; but seems to be eternal!y sleeping when it comes to Follows through with plans and ideas and forever kicking the can down the road

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