Basseterre,St.Kitts October 20 2020 (SKNVIBES)
MOVING agriculture in a new direction is the way forward for the sector, were the words emphasised to farmers by the Minister of Agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon.  Alexis Jeffers.
The Minister, who is fairly new to the sector on St. Kitts, is the one who has over the last several years championed the successes of agriculture on the sister isle Nevis. Farmers in Basseterre were told at the Annual Farmers Awards ceremony held recently that the whole idea of moving forward in the sector is for there to be a new sense of purpose for agriculture and the way it is carried out.
“I have this gut feeling that over the next five years we can transform agriculture. I have said to the persons in the Ministry and in the Department that we have to be able to build relationships with our farmers at all levels,” the Minister explained.Farmers on both islands have faced a number of challenges, including climatic issues, competition with imported foods and the shortage of chemicals to deal with ticks and other insects.
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