Harris confirmed that the Canadian Government donated over EC$47,000, in an effort to assist in the construction of two green houses, one at the school farm at Needsmust and the other at Charlestown High School.
Mr. Harris said, “The greenhouses will be used to provide seedlings and ornamental plants to school gardens and farmers on an ongoing basis. The green houses will be available for both practical and theoretical training for students as well as for use by young farmers. “
In stating the importance of protecting agriculture in the context of the Ministry’s program to improve food security and achieve the millennium development goals (MDG), Harris confirmed, “One of the millennium development goals is to halve the number of hungry people in the world by 2015. They are now 925 million malnourished people in the world. Achieving this MDG (halving poverty) will be difficult to be realized at the current levels of output and distribution.”
Minister of Agriculture, applauded the students for their interest in agriculture.
He told the students to broaden their vista regarding the range of career options in agriculture across the rubric of plant and animal production and health, food safety, agricultural marketing, soil and crop sciences, plant science and business management.
“It is through the application of science and technology that we have the greatest probability of improving on food production and productivity along the agricultural value chain,” said Harris.
He assured that a secured location will be available for agricultural, educational and experimental research in crop production.
“The project also includes training in green house production, hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and plant research,” said the minister.
Also in attendance at a recent handing over ceremony were H. E. Ruth Archibald, Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados and the OECS, Mr. Augustine Merchant, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) local representative, Mrs. Ionie Willett, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Stuart Versailles, and President of the St Kitts Agriculture Youth Forum.