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Anguilla Government Officials Laud Nevis Agriculture During Fact-Finding Mission

Alexis Jeffers, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Agriculture (left); and Mr. Huey Sargeant, Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture (proper); with visiting officers from Anguilla Hon. Kyle Hodge, Minister of Financial Growth, Pure Assets and Info Know-how (second from left); and Ms. Melissa Meade, Chief Pure Assets Officer within the Division of Pure Assets (second from proper) on a tour of agricultural pursuits on Nevis on April 27, 2022

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NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (Might 04, 2022) — A two-member delegation from neighbouring Anguilla lauded the strides made within the agriculture sector on Nevis whereas on a one-day fact-finding mission to the island on April 27, 2022.

Hon. Kyle Hodge, Minister of Financial Growth, Pure Assets and Info Know-how in Anguilla, and Ms. Melissa Meade, Chief Pure Assets Officer within the Division of Pure Assets, toured agricultural pursuits throughout the island with Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Agriculture; Mr. Huey Sargeant, Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture; and Mr. Randy Elliott, Director of the Division of Agriculture.

“It is pleasing to see that agriculture is live and real in Nevis. You know, food security is a big concern for the region and I say from what I have seen so far,  Nevis is doing its part as it relates to making sure they have food sustainability first and foremost for Nevis, and then whatever excess can be exported to St. Kitts and Anguilla and the rest of the islands where we can then start to officially do trade,” he mentioned.

Mr. Hodge famous that they’re hoping to create a buying and selling relationship with Nevis, a transfer they’ve been engaged in for the previous two years.

“In Anguilla we have an abundance of fish. You know the tuna and the mahi mahi and those different types of pelagic, so we are forging a relationship with this trip.

“It was amazing to be in Nevis today to meet in person. COVID would have prevented us in meeting each other in person over the last two years, so over the last two years we had Zoom conferences with various countries [but] it’s too impersonal. When you visit and you meet friends and you make relationships, you know, you build them for a lifetime so I’m thankful to be here today,” he mentioned.

Ms. Meade described the go to to Nevis as an attention-grabbing and teachable one.

“This was a very fascinating trip, learning experience, to observe and see what Nevis is producing in the livestock and the crop sector as well as agro processing, for us to see what we can adapt, tweak that works well for us in Anguilla so that we can advance our food production sector as well.

“So this visit I would say is timely and very informative and as the minister said we have forged relationships that we can build on as time goes by, and offer support as necessary or as needed resource wise to Nevis or to Anguilla however the need arises. So it was really a good trip for us to come and to see what exactly is going on not only in Nevis but in the Federation,” she mentioned.

Mr. Sargeant acknowledged that Nevis is within the strategy of forging a relationship with the federal government and folks of Anguilla which might finally redound to some financial advantages for each islands.

During the tour the delegation visited the Nevis Hydro Gardens at Cades BayMaddens inventory farmA1 Farms in GingerlandIndian Fortress Fruit OrchardNevis Agro Processing CentreLarinson Parry Agricultural DepotDepartment of Agriculture’s Propagation Unit, Nevis Abattoir and Meat Processing PlantIsland Mouldings, a neighborhood disposable masks producer and Val’s Delight, the enterprise place of a neighborhood agro processor.

Earlier than visiting Nevis, the Anguillan delegation additionally visited agricultural pursuits in St. Kitts.

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