Mr. Augustine Merchant
June 09, 2008
The Nevis Growers Cooperative was on Friday June 06, 2008, the recipient of a cheque in the amount of $58 139.33 from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI).
The donation was a joint effort between the CFLI and the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IAICA).
Minister of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Robelto Hector, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Pearlivan Wilkin, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) Representative Mr. Augustine Merchant, President of the Nevis Growers Cooperative Mrs. Muriel Emontine Thompson, farmers and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture attended the donation ceremony.
The Minister addressed the gathering and shared his delight with the generous contribution made by the donors.
“I am one who feels and as a government, we have ensured that directed finances [go] to [the agro processors to] ensure that the agro-processing unit is realised. I am one who really feels that we are at that stage now when we can begin to explore our export potential,” Minister Hector said.
He also offered words of encouragement to the farmers to work towards the island’s food security.
“We must be organised, we must be growing from strength to strength, we must not be destructive. We must make sure that at the end, we are supporting each other and we are moving towards the general good of ensuring food security, not only for the island of Nevis but the Caribbean as a whole and that would be our contribution towards the global issue,” he said.