The Premier added that in the last six years, there has been a renewed growth in farming on Nevis, influenced by the Ministry of Agriculture under Minister Robelto Hector and Permanent Secretary, Mr. Kelvin Daley, with assistance from the Taiwanese government, and the island had witnessed modern technology and a positive move forward in producing and promoting local products on Nevis.
“We want to see made in Nevis on our shelves in supermarkets across the island, and it will be achieved under the Nevis Reformation Party,” commented Premier Parry.
He said it was under the ministerial service in the 1980s of former Minister of Agriculture, Minister, Mr. Arthur Evelyn, that Nevis had the first Land Distribution Program in the OECS, which empowered Nevisians to own land at a relatively inexpensive rate.
Lands were also leased to farmers so that farmers were given security of tenure in Nevis.
Parry said that though nothing is wrong with backyard gardening, agriculture must been seem on a larger scale to make it a viable industry that can be a pillar of economic growth in Nevis, and that is what they are striving to do.
During the Premier’s brief remarks, at the 18th Annual Agriculture Open Day, on Thursday, 29th March, he congratulated the patron of the 2012 Open Day, Mr. Luther Williams, whom he said had been a strong advocate of the fishing industry on Nevis.
Mr. Williams has been an outstanding fishermen and farmer who assisted in organizing and making the fishing cooperative thrive on the island of Nevis, stated Parry.