The call was made by Dr. Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister with responsibility for Agriculture who pointed out that for the second quarter in a row the agricultural sector has been the only one showing growth.
For this Dr Harris congratulated the farmers, their families and affiliated organizations such as IICA, CARDI, FAO and the Republic of China Agricultural Mission.
The Minister told Parliament that although agriculture has done very well so far, there is still a long way to travel. “Even as we do better over the last year, I am mindful that the sector is not there yet. How do we get there?” Dr. Harris asked.
“We need to invest in agriculture assisting the sector to overcome the nine constraints identified in the CARICOM Agriculture Policy, moving on those of special relevance to St Kitts and Nevis. We have to get water to our farms, improve farm roads, deal with damage to our farms caused by feral animals such as monkeys, wild and stray animals, bring technology such as green houses and green fertilizer to our farms, improve post-harvest systems including storage, upgrade sanitary and phytosanitary systems and provide concessionary financing for our farmers and give them support by buying local,” Harris said.
Dr Harris also outlined plans for a modern public market to replace the existing one and according to him, this new market must be in keeping with the vision of a beautiful Basseterre.