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Farmers on the Move reaps first crop from Paraquita Bay farm

- To donate harvest to non-profit groups
President of Farmers on the Move, Mr Khoy Smith, pictured reaping some of the cucumbers from the group's plot at Paraquita Bay today, November 14, 2012. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Farmers on the Move President Mr Khoy Smith disclosed today November 14, 2012 that the participants of the group’s recent short course in agriculture have reaped their first crop and agreed to give this to non-profit groups.

Mr Smith disclosed that the students reaped a 70-pound maiden crop of healthy cucumbers, which he revealed would be donated to two non-profit groups as a show of gratitude for the community’s support in their endeavours.
Farmers on the Move has men identified the Peebles Hospital and Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly as the beneficiaries.
Mr Smith said there are currently many persons at the hospital suffering from ailments such as diabetes and it was felt that their “small token” would assist in letting persons know that the way to counteract most disease was by eating healthy.
The crop had taken approximately six weeks to mature and the group stated that among the crops planted on the plot allotted were corn and okras.
Fifteen persons had previously graduated from the group’s course in August 2012.
The acquisition and planting of the land located at Paraquita Bay was part of Phase Two of the group’s project and is being used as a model project in farming for the participants.
The group had initially requested a ten-acre plot of land to carry out the second phase of their initiative but was instead granted a quarter acre of land, which they proposed to make the most of under the circumstances.
Smith said earlier that once the produce has been grown “we will bring the government to at least see that we are serious concerning the development of this industry.”
He added that it was hoped this would “help them to take a more open approach to give us prime land that will be conducive to us in fulfilling this project.”
Smith added that currently the plot size will not be sufficient to accommodate all the farmers but hopefully with discussions, government will more readily assist with having more land to actually complete the full project.

12 Responses to “Farmers on the Move reaps first crop from Paraquita Bay farm”

  • x factor (14/11/2012, 14:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good at least we seeing some action!!
    • george w. touch (14/11/2012, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the Agriculture sector I remember! The good old days are long gone!
      • kevin (14/11/2012, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Glad to hear that this project is working and hopefully the Ministry and dept can push for more backyard farming and look in to doing something with teh green houses and use solar energy....
        • deal (14/11/2012, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          someone should be able to certify the quality of the local produce also
  • virgin gorda (14/11/2012, 14:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good initiative Khoy!
    • pig head (15/11/2012, 01:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We must unleash the enormous potential for success that exists in this country as it relates to our farmers..three things, water, land and government support!
  • farmer brown (14/11/2012, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Smith and his framers are really on the move and is doing an amazing job and guess what, they are producing food...
  • question (14/11/2012, 16:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Credit is indeed due to Farmers on the Move for those accomplishments but it would be interesting to know how many people we have in the BVI who are farming as their ONLY source of income!
  • keep it real (14/11/2012, 16:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    while thoes efforts are good ppl do not fool yourself, BVI cannot become self suficient as our land mass is appalling for agricultural purposes.
  • Mitt Rpmney (14/11/2012, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ministry of natural resources needs to look at crop & farm insurance as this is holding the sector back from large scale development! If this was implemented then lending could be more easily obtained. Also, to create a fair market we need to look at agricultural subsidies as the US food we consume is heavily sudsidies which creates an unfair advantage for outside markets.
  • Revelation14 (15/11/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Prophet suggest that God's Holy Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh, son and daughters will see visions and the old men will dream dreams. Farmers on the Move stay on the move the Lord is with you all, cause Babylon is fallen.
  • Confucius (15/11/2012, 17:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am I the only one who is asking WHY the people of the BVI are expected to "donate" prime land to farmers (or any other business people for that matter) who decide they want to start their own business? Will Mr. Smith be working for the government and will the people/government reap the profits (if any) from the crops grown?

    I think farming is a noble profession and a rewarding one. However, I am not familiar with any other farmers who were simply GIVEN land to use!

    Why is it that so many people think that the rest of us (taxpayers) should provide them with the means to make a living? The next thing you know, Mr. Smith will go to government to say that this bug or that bug is destroying HIS crops. Then what? Are we (the taxpayers) supposed to pay for whatever chemicals are needed to keep the bugs off?

    Where does all this GIVING of the taxpayers land, money, etc. end? First its the tent city vendors, then the farmers. Who's will be next with their hands out? Are we living in a capitalistic society or some weird form of a socialistic oligarchy? I really don't understand!

    What line do I stand in for MY handout?

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