Taiwanese Donate Pickup Truck to Dept of Agricuture

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 6, 2021 (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Marine Resources ):  The Department of Agriculture received a Long Base pickup truck courtesy of ROC (Taiwan)  Embassy in St. Kitts and Nevis through the Taiwan Technical Mission at a brief handing over  ceremony on Monday. 

The presentation which was held near the Taiwan Technical Mission in Needsmust was led by  Chief of Operations for the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) in St. Kitts and Nevis, Yu’Ming  Lu who presented the keys to Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Alexis Jeffers. 

Mr. Lu said although the vehicle was about 10 years old, it is in great condition and can help to  increase productivity at the Department of Agriculture.  

“It is my pleasure on behalf of the Taiwan Technical Mission to do this vehicle handing over to  the Ministry of Agriculture and we always have a very deep relationship with the Ministry of  Agriculture and we try to do what support we can do. When the P.S told me that they had one  program that would need one vehicle and I just searched our property and found that we had one  10-year vehicle that we can donate to the Ministry of Agriculture. [Although] this vehicle is 10  years it has good capacity, is running very well and has really low mileage use, so I see this  vehicle will be useful for your Department of Agriculture and I will hope that your staff will  continue to maintain this vehicle in good conditions. In the future we will continue to work with  the Ministry of Agriculture and give you our support for whatever we can do”, Mr. Lu explained. 

Minister Jeffers accepted the keys on behalf of the Ministry and thanked the Taiwan Technical  Mission for their generous donation. 

He said, “I want to start by saying that we are every so grateful for the contributions that ewe  have received from the Republic of China Taiwan and their technical mission here in St. Kitts  and Nevis. I do not want to start to quantify all that they have done because I will be unable to do  so but what I will do is qualify what they have contributed to the federation of St. Kitts and  Nevis over the years. We have had this longstanding relationship ever since we’ve been an  independent nation and even before that so it has gone just about 38 years and counting. Whether  it is in the field of Technical Support in Agriculture, whether it be by way of  equipment/machinery that will support the advancement of agriculture, whether it is in the  medical field, whether it is training for our students by way of scholarships in Taiwan, there have  been a number of areas and I can speak about climate change projects and activities that have  been undertaken by the Taiwan Technical mission here on St. Kitts and Nevis. 

As he spoke of the relationship between the allied nations, Minister Jeffers added, “We want to  continue to foster and grow this relationship so that both countries can benefit now and in the  future”. 

While addressing the Chief of Operations for the TTM in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Minister said,  “I want to say to you Mr. Lu, this pickup you said is about 10 years old but I believe that the  agent who supplied these particular vehicles would be proud to know that they have a long  lasting life. Toyota pickups have been well known durable vehicles and this one I’m sure will  serve us for many more years to come”. 

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ron Dublin Collins, Acting Director in the  Department of Agriculture, Dr. Tracy Challenger as well as representatives from the Crops and  Livestock Divisions were also present at the ceremony. 

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