By MyVueNews Staff-writter
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 12th January, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) – An agricultural facility that had been funded and established through the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The facility housed the Vegetable, Fruit and Upland Quality and Safety Improvement (VFUCQSI) Project, and it included state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for the testing of soil, vegetable and fruits.
It was set up in 2014 as a means of certifying the quality and safety of locally produced foods on farms in the federation.
Several local personal were trained on-site and in Taiwan for the long-term operation of the facility.
At an 11th January ceremony at the Needsmust located facility, Minister of Agriculture Eugene Hamilton thanked Taiwan for its support for agriculture development in the federation, as well as the development of the Eco-Park.
He said, “We can go through many instances in agriculture where you have partnered with us and helped us to improve the quality of our production, and today signals the importance of two important aspects of that development: the handing over of this particular facility and the handing over of a cheque in relation to Eco-Park.”
The agricultural laboratories at Needsmust have played an instrumental role in promoting the use of locally produced foods at major hotels on St. Kitts because of the confidence in the level of quality of the agro-produce.
“We have proven the quality and production of food in St. Kitts and Nevis are around 98 percent in the good quality range for consumption,” Hamilton said.
Project Manager, Dr. Augustine Nwosu, said, “Over this year, the project has improved local agricultural capacity through training, seminars and workshops facilitated by both local and international expats.”
At the same ceremony, Taiwan’s Ambassador George Gow Wei Chiou also presented a cheque in the value of US$241,000 toward the maintenance of the Eco-Park, which was originally funded and developed through the ROC – Taiwan.