During the latest edition of “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday, (7th February, 2012),Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas said a main feature of the Agro-Tourism Project will the growing of plants for the education of locals and visitors, the medicinal properties of which were long known by the African ancestors.
Dr. Douglas said, “In addition to providing a fascinating and educational activity for our visitors, our Agro-Tourism project will also remind nationals about the knowledge and insights of our own people, centuries ago. And hopefully, this will stir within us a desire to admire and respect the knowledge and insights of our forebears. As a result of our own hard work and efforts, generations will be able to learn not only about what our ancestors knew and contributed to mankind, but what we, those of us living today, knew and contributed as well.”
He added, “This type of information is very important for the psychological health of our young people. They constantly need to be aware of the fact that the enslaved Africans that they read about in their history books were not simply one dimensional characters, labouring in the hot sun in chains, they were labouring and they were enforced into chains, but they also brought with them, across the Atlantic, very definite skills as can be seen in exquisite majesty of Brimstone Hill and they brought with them their vast array of knowledge about such topics as the healing properties of the various plants and herbs which they then passed on to their children, to colonial officials of the day and to scientists seeking breakthrough products to put on the market.”
The Project, which involves the Ministries of Agriculture, Energy and Tourism and the Government of Taiwan is located at Sir Gillies, in Sandy Point and spreads over twenty acres.