The workshop was organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Timothy Harris applauded the participants in the workshop who included farmers, teachers, agro processors and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
Harris stated that when these key persons in the sector come together and work, it is clear that they are changing the challenges in agriculture into opportunity.
He said that coming together is just the start and he encouraged them to do so more often.
Harris also expressed his delight that the participants successfully completed the training successfully. He also assured them that the government will be there always to provide a helping hand when needed and just as they would help any other company with a concern; he said the farmers too deserve the same assistance as they too are making a contribution to the federation.
“Having spoken on the importance of agriculture I want the farmers to really feel it… feel the support they are getting from their government. Feel it in terms of the supermarkets.
We have to get a sense that whatever our people are doing are really important,” Harris said.
Harris commended the efforts of the participants and the introduction to the technology.
He said the world is looking at developing countries like St. Kitts and Nevis to able to use better resources here to satisfy their primary needs.
“So I am optimistic that despite the challenges that if we put our minds together much more can be done to help the farmers,” he proclaimed.
IICA’s local representative Augustine Merchant says that he is happy that no one dropped out of the sessions that had 100% attendance until the end.
He added that with a food import bill of well over 100 million dollars, workshops such as these would be able to help reducing that cost.
Merchant also said that agriculture is viewed as a viable option to improve growth and it has the potential to attract young people to it; and so they have been targeting the schools to get into it and a high percentage of the participants of the workshops are from the schools.
The workshop began on Thursday 6th September and concluded on Wednesday 12th.