An advanced training facility for local farmers is to be built in the British Virgin Islands and government is not sponsoring the development.
Minister responsible for agriculture, Dr Kedrick Pickering said a private investor who is opting to remain incognito is financing the entire project.
“All that facility is going to be used for is to train farmers [in greenhouse technology] … They can train between 12 and 15 persons at a time,” said Dr Pickering, who did not divulge too much information because government has signed a nondisclosure agreement with the investors.
But, he noted that local farmers will become certified after the training.
He added that the said training will be linked to the long-promised greenhouse project that is being reinstituted.
“They (the investors) will guarantee you an investment in your time in one of the greenhouses when you are finished being trained,” Dr Pickering said.
He then noted that similar training is happening in other Caribbean countries.
However, the minister, who has his sight set on agriculture becoming the territory’s main economic pillar, said the BVI can potentially become leaders of agribusiness in the region.
While speaking about the training facility during a meeting with farmers on Wednesday, Dr Pickering said: “It is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen that anybody put out in a long time. They are doing it in Jamaica as we speak, they are doing it in Anguilla, and they are looking for other Caribbean countries to do the same thing. And if we get ahead of that aspect of it, I think we could set the pace.”
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