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$300,000 set aside in recovery fund for VI fishermen, farmers

Ronald Smith Berkeley, Permanent Secretary. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – There is $300,000 set aside in a recovery fund for the farmers and fishermen of the Virgin Islands (VI) this year.

This is according to Mr Ronald Smith Berkeley, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour (PSNRL). 

He was at the time addressing the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee, during its examination of its 2018 budgetary allocations.

Not Sufficent 

Mr Berkeley told the Committee Members, he had received extensive reports from Agriculture and Conservation and Fisheries, in relation to losses. 

The report revealed that seventy fisherman and one hundred and thirty farmers suffered losses.
The PSNRL stated that affected persons would state their losses and they would be prioritised.

He acknowledged the $300,000 thousand is not sufficient but the plan is to help as many people.  According to Mr Berkeley, they would tackle it on a case by case basis.
He mentioned that at the time of the Committee meeting, one farmer had already benefitted from the money and is now conducting business as usual.

4 Responses to “$300,000 set aside in recovery fund for VI fishermen, farmers”

  • ccc (17/07/2018, 10:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pure talk the famers got zero
  • Nero (17/07/2018, 14:11) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    But wait, that fella still exist? Did not even know he still living in the VI much more still a PS.
  • baffled (18/07/2018, 04:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    “The report revealed that seventy fisherman and one hundred and thirty farmers suffered losses.
    The PSNRL stated that affected persons would state their losses and they would be prioritised.”

    So ‘till now only one farmer ayo manage to help? You have the reports about damage and those affected and you have their numbers too and you still only managed to help just one with that 300k to date and ayo ain’t shame to say so publicly man? We in another hurricane season already get your a$$es in gear and help the people!!!wtf.
  • where? (18/07/2018, 12:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where can/could i buy fish from these 70 fishermen? Or produce from the 131 farmers?


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