The annual Agricultural Exhibitions also called Farmers Week will be held in November.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering said that the decision was made after much consideration, as well as feedback from the farming community. He said his Ministry fully supports whatever nongovernmental activities or local exhibitions that may be held in the interim and after the time of Farmer’s Week.
Minister Pickering said, “Our annual Farmers Week activities have been shifted for various reasons; the budget allocated to the celebrations has been moderated, and the later part of the year is the rainy season and projected to be a better time considering the yield from local producers.”
The Deputy Premier also added, “As the time changes, the tools and practices of traditional farming have changed so I also want to tell farmers and upcoming producers not to be discouraged by this date change or other outside elements, but continue the great work that is agribusiness.”
Chief Agricultural Officer, Mr. Bevin Braithwaite reiterated the department’s commitment to working with the farmers, stating, “As is typical, we look forward to facilitating, improving and advancing the exhibition activities later in the year.”
The Government of the Virgin Islands endeavours to effectively manage and administer the Territory’s natural resources in a manner that ensures long-term sustainability.
Photo Caption: Farmers Week 2015 (Photo credit: GIS-Franklyn Skerritt)