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‘Agriculture Department wants to stifle us’ – Farmers

- Say they're badly in need of land & marketplace
February 24th, 2015 | Tags: Farmers Agriculture Department market place land stifle
Farmers suggest that the Greenhouse facility be used temporarily for cash crop farming. Photo: VINO/File
While some farmers are catching hell for a place to market their produce, others are battling for land for farming. Photo: VINO/File
While some farmers are catching hell for a place to market their produce, others are battling for land for farming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Farmers continue to cry out for the opportunity to grow more food locally but say government is refusing to work with small farmers in a holistic way. “We need land for farming, we need marketplace to sell our produce,” said one farmer.

Stuck by the roadside attempting to push a few of her produce, a local farmer said fellow farmers are suffering from all corners and especially when they speak out, rather than they be supported better, the ‘ropes’ are being tightened around their necks.

Some farmers were bold enough to tell the Department of Agriculture how they felt the entity was doing, what they want and what needs to be done to save and make farmers push to their best. “But all you meeting with is hostility, cuss out and a set of ignorance,” alleged one farmer who called names of persons in the Department of Agriculture who allegedly threatened to stifle certain farmers.

Those persons' names have been withheld as they could not be reached for comment.

Among the things farmers are complaining about is their removal from their regular marketplace opposite the LIME BVI flagship store in the heart of Road Town.

“They moved us with no alternative of a place to sell our produce, to do what make parking? Could you believe that? We all over the place selling and they will soon stop us from our mobile units that’s what they are doing, strategically trying to stifle certain farmers,” alleged one farmer.

Another said that agriculture is dead among the Department of Agriculture as much as it is in the Ministry of Natural Resources.

“They have that greenhouse there doing nothing. Yes we understand they thing (struggling)  with funding and so on but what about the idea of allowing farmers who wish to utilise some sections of that as a tester? We can grow so much tomatoes that this country would never again need to purchase tomatoes from overseas,” said the seasoned farmer.

He said this could be done in many ways, much to the benefit of the government, the health of the nation and farmers alike.

“Assign some sections to individual or groups of farmers, make it a challenge, make it a project, it don’t have to be on the long term. So much livestock manure around that forms compost and is out there just wasting, let us utilise that greenhouse facility for some farming until they get through with what they have to do otherwise with it,” suggested the farmer.

Several attempts were made to secure comment from the Department of Agriculture but to no avail.

11 Responses to “‘Agriculture Department wants to stifle us’ – Farmers”

  • sea weed (24/02/2015, 09:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The farmers had enough and wants NO More part of it
  • ooooo (24/02/2015, 10:22) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    it is time to get rid of the Nothing Done Party (ndp)...VOTE VIP ALL THE WAY!!!!...DO NOT SPLIT YOUR VOTES THIS TIME!!!!!!
    • ??? (24/02/2015, 13:41) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      And replace them with the Very Incompetent Party (which also boild down to nothing done)?
    • i from here (24/02/2015, 14:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Split vote ??? If anyone splited their votes last election you wouldn't have gotten you all backside cut by so much!

      We always vote NDP all the way!
  • The Judge (24/02/2015, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is crystal clear that at the rate farm land is being used up for purposes other than farming only the Department's Headquarters will remain standing.
  • xxxxxxxx (24/02/2015, 11:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am yet to read a comment of yours that did not attempt to trample on one person or another.
  • 1 (24/02/2015, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man edmund cannot shut his mouth for one minute.
  • Old (24/02/2015, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Be thankful Edmund does not have a TV programme for he knows how to bring down a Government when they are doing Bull ***.
  • ooooo (25/02/2015, 09:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    another ndp success
  • Ridic (25/02/2015, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These farmers need to give Agriculture a break... I tiyud a dem.
  • WTF (25/02/2015, 17:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is the Market going to be built. We have people all over the place, along the roadside selling their produce. That is because we don't have the Market that was promised years ago. Well, we have the portrait of what it will look like when built, so we can be comforted that it is coming. When? I don't know.

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