Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was presented with a design and grand concept of the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm (ATDF) project to be located at Sir Gilles, between sandy Point and Newton Ground.
The 20-acre farm which is to combine “Green Agriculture,” “Green Tourism” and “Green Energy” stems from an agreement signed in March this year by Dr Douglas and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timothy Chin-Tien Yang during an official visit to Taipei.
After the signing of the Cooperation Plan, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) sent two groups comprising of experts in landscaping and architecture to the Federation to work out the blue-print of the farm.
The ATDF will integrate both local and Taiwanese elements. Indigenous crops from St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan will be planted on the farm, so that visitors to the farm can appreciate the crop diversity of the two countries.
The sugar industry, which was once a booming industry in both in St. Kitts and Taiwan, will be showcased at a “Sugarcane Labyrinth,” in the shapes of both St. Kitts and Taiwan.
Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Miguel Tsao said the Labyrinth is designed to represent the friendship of both countries.
A “Botanical Garden” with medicinal plants of St. Kitts and Nevis will also be planted together with Chinese medical herbs.
“Cruise ship passengers, stay over visitors as well as residents and our students can certainly enjoy an educational and cultural tour of this garden and other areas of this project which will become another local tourism attraction,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the area.
A date for the ground breaking is to be announced shortly.