(ZIZ News) — Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Alistair Edwards says the ongoing workshop on soil management is critical to the development of the agriculture industry and the nation as a whole.
He said the workshop is very necessary as various factors impact the quality of the soil in the federation.
“We have pressure from industry, pressure for houses, every young man wants his own house, wants his own family,” he said.
“We have pressure from other ministries. And so it lends even more importance to this workshop because if we can say definitively to the powers that be to not touch this land because this is the most productive land we could have in St. Kitts and we have the scientific information to back up that then we have a strong argument,” he added.
He thanked the government of Brazil for supporting the project and noted their commitment to help St. Kitts-Nevis in other areas as well.
“I know that several of our staff members have gone on to do training in various courses. The Embassy here is always on our case to ensure that this runs smoothly. In fact, farmers and agro-processors as well to do some work there,” he said.