BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - Minister of Agriculture Alexis Jeffers has committed to provide similar assistance to crop farmers as was done for fishermen, who are benefiting from an agreement between the Department of Fisheries and a large private sector entity.
Under the agreement, RAMS Supermarket has committed to purchase 1000 pounds of pot fish on a weekly basis from the Department.
He said the decision by RAMS is a “step in the right direction”.
“We could have only done that because we have been doing what is necessary to provide our fisher folks with the necessary stimulus packages to let them go out and ply their trade as they should,” the Minister noted.
The Government is now seeking to have a similar position for crop farmers, who oftentimes are left with products that are overpriced and wasted.
Minister Jeffers, while speaking at a recently held ceremony for fishermen and farmers, said the position taken by the Government is being done to lift the burden off the shoulders of the men and women plying their trade at sea on a daily basis.
“We want to take the burden off of you when it comes to marketing. Your job as farmers is to produce, our job from the Department and Ministry’s standpoint is to ensure that you are getting your products to the market,” the Minister explained.
In order for that to happen, the Minister told the farmers that it requires a level of collaboration on the part of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and the farmers as well.
“We are committed”, he emphasised, stating that when it comes to livestock a number of new plans would be implemented in the long turn that is expected to bring benefits to farmers and the sector alike.