St Kitts and Nevis: The Ministry of Agriculture of St Kitts and Nevis has invested in their new mandate, which will lead the contribution of women in areas of technology to support greater production and training. It will be essential to the overall success of the agricultural sector of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Minister of Agriculture of St Kitts and Nevis Alexis Jeffers has provided information at the annual ‘Advancing Women in Agriculture Forum’ hosted by the Department of Agriculture on March 08 at the Agriculture Conference Room.
In laying out the ministry’s plan to further invest in women, the honourable minister said, “We will address our land issue for women in agriculture; we will provide assistance for our women to receive the necessary equipment and implements to increase your production; [and] we will provide training in more innovative methods of farming and agriculture.”
He further asserted that they have established that green-house technology and shade houses are the way to go in agriculture in the Federation. As such, we will make these technologies available to as many women interested in pursuing greenhouse production or shade house production.
“Special extension and advisory services will also form part of our agricultural support to women, and the support will enable women to understand the market and how it operates, and it will enable them to know the needs of the market both in products, quality and volume,” said the minister.
He also added that the Ministry of Agriculture intends to support women “to change the mindset of farmers and farm to plant for the market instead of producing and then think about the market after that.”
The Minister of Agriculture noted that the Ministry of Agriculture is doing this to ensure that support mechanisms for women in the agro-business sector are available.
Minister Jeffers stated that this year, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis intends to empower further the women who have already entered the agro-processing space and ensure that the support infrastructure is in place to provide that sustainability in agro-processing.