St Kitts and Nevis: Greenhouse Village Initiative to elevate crop production

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives launched its Greenhouse Village Initiative with a groundbreaking ceremony.

St Kitts and Nevis: Greenhouse Village Initiative to elevate crop production
St Kitts and Nevis: Greenhouse Village Initiative to elevate crop production

St Kitts and Nevis: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives launched its Greenhouse Village Initiative with a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held near the outskirts of Newtown Ground on Friday, October 20, 2023.

The aim of the initiative is to achieve food security and advance the mechanism of food production. The Ministry of Agriculture has been working tirelessly to achieve the path of food security efficiently.

The launch solidifies the commitment of the government to increase crop production, with a sharpened focus on raising sustainable productivity in conjunction with climate change adaptation and mitigation.

While delivering remarks, Minister of Agriculture Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives Samal Duggins highlighted how the establishment of Greenhouse Villages will significantly reduce the region’s Food Import Bill.

The initiative will take place in phases, focusing on particular fields of the area of the agriculture sector and its advancement. In this first phase, a total of 15 Greenhouses are expected to be constructed for the mass production of priority crops like peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens, cucumbers and melons.

Samal Duggins expressed pleasure in hosting the ceremony and said that the initiative had marked their commitment toward the upliftment of crop production. It will enhance the productivity of the crop while providing advanced mechanisms and techniques of farming to the farmers.

Besides this, he said that the Greenhouse Village Initiative will focus on sustainable productivity. It will outline ways to tackle the issues such as climate change. The mitigation strategies will be formulated to provide advancement to the sector.

Samal Duggins insisted that it is more than just a project; it is a vision for the future of agriculture in St Kitts and Nevis.

It will enhance the sustainability efforts of the government while serving as a strategic step in drastically reducing the Food Import Bill of St Kitts and Nevis, as per Minister Duggins.

The launch ceremony was chaired by Permanent Secretary, Miguel Flemming and attended by senior officials, technical staff and several crop farmers.