Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatly has said the majority of the $10,000 sum allocated to his constituency monthly will be going towards agriculture.
From that budget, Wheatley said only the seniors in his district have received their usual monthly allowance to assist with their daily living expenses.
He explained that the remainder of the funds will be used to help the entire Ninth District islands of Anegada and Virgin Gorda to become self-sufficient.
“I get calls every single day. People are ready to go. The metal is hot, it is time to pound the hammer. People are very much interested in agriculture,” Wheatley stated.
He said water availability has been one of the ‘biggest challenges’ for farmers in his district, and he intends to tackle it with a ‘Well Programme’.
He explained that there are a number of old, abandoned wells in his district that he intends to ‘bring back into commission’.
The water from these wells will be at no cost to farmers who would only need to transport the water to their farms, Wheatley stated.
“If you want to do agriculture at a commercial scale using street water, it is not economical,” he reasoned.
Still on the topic of agriculture, Wheatley explained that he will be going a step further to assist his constituents with the launch of seeds and seedling bank.
He said persons will be able to donate seeds into the bank by dropping them off at a specified location. If persons prefer seedlings, they can make a request and collect it at no cost.
“I am launching that this week. We need to get more persons planting more food, to eat more local,” Wheatley stated.
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