This is a new perspective that the Department of Agriculture in St. Kitts has been trying to share, where the industry can be showcased not just as subsistence farming, but like any other viable corporate entity, where a sustainable income can be earned.
The Communications Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Eric Browne, explains that agriculture does not only give persons the commodities that they need, but it also gives an income whereby persons can obtain the “Things they need to lead a respectable lifestyle.”
Browne was one of the department’s representatives involved in last Friday’s Consumer Awareness Expo in Independence Square, Basseterre, organized as part of the week of activities to sensitize the nation about the rights of consumers.
The Communications Officer said they used the expo to promote the industry as a business, just as the others, like banking, that were also on display.
Browne said they wanted people to understand that a business in agriculture can be a pathway to building a sustainable future for them and their families. Browne told MiyVue.com that farmers and others involved in agriculture should be encouraged to envision and treat agriculture as an opportunity to be maximized.
He cautioned them however, that like any other business, those in agriculture would need to be diligent in how they manage their affairs, especially in areas like finance, record keeping, technology, physical assets, production and other practices.
The agricultural official explained that in this economic crisis that the country is facing today, the youth are especially encouraged to explore various means to build their future. He said such gainful employment awaits young people in a variety of activities and services in agriculture. He outlined some of them as livestock and vegetable production, horticulture, agro-processing, marketing and beekeeping.
Mr. Browne was of the view that food and other necessities were getting too expensive due to the economic constrains being faced by the global, regional and local communities. Therefore, he said, it is vital that all available avenues and resources are explored, in order to enhance food security.