The aim of the project is to assist CARICOM in tackling nutritional problems traceable to overdependence on imported energy dense foods that have created a paradox of obesity, under nutrition and related health problems.
This was revealed on Thursday (23rd February) in the latest sitting of Parliament, that St. Kitts and Nevis by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Timothy Harris
The project was founded by McGill University in Montreal, Canada and the University of the West Indies and funded by CIDA and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
The initiative Dr. Harris said will also expand the income for participating farmers, advance farming infrastructure for the selected farmers improve livelihoods for participating farmers and will bring cohesion, among the farmers.
Speaking in Parliament, Dr. Harris took the opportunity to thank and congratulate Professor Dr Leroy Phillip, Associate Professor of Nutrition at McGill University, an illustrious son of the soil, who toiled to have St Kitts and Nevis considered for this project and then to convince local policy makers that it was worth pursuing. “After an initial hiatus, I am pleased to say we are making fair progress,” said Harris.
He continued, “I am hopeful that this project will move agriculture one step further in the right direction. We need to take more steps and the sooner we can effectively walk the talk, better will be agriculture, and better will be our country.On behalf of our farmers, I thank all contributing external entities namely the McGill University, the University of the West Indies, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). I commend our Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health as the critical local participants for their work in bringing this project to fruition.”
The Agriculture Minister concluded by saying “I trust that their agronomic practices, livestock husbandry and general knowledge about agriculture will be enhanced as a result of their participation in this project. I wish them well and hope that they will profit in more ways than one.”