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June 24th, 2020
‘We want to have a very responsible cannabis industry’ – Dr Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said in an attempt to have a responsible cannabis industry in the Virgin Islands, a Cannabis Licensing Authority will be created to guide the sector.

April 9th, 2020
‘No actual money’ will go to farmers, fisherfolks- Hon Wheatley on $2M

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- To ensure accountability for public funds, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said Government will not be disbursing any of the two million dollars allocated towards the Fishing and Farming Rapid Response Production Programme to individual farmers and fisherfolks.

December 26th, 2019
‘We are not going to make people high’ on marijuana- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has dispelled the notion that tapping into the medical marijuana industry would negatively affect the Territory’s vulnerable residents.

December 4th, 2017
Fishing & Farming relief not top priority for NDP Gov't post Irma!

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) was not the bearer of much good news for some residents of the First District when he answered the initiative of Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to meet with those residents.

July 7th, 2015
‘Greenhouses to produce food by year end!’ – Hon Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering said despite the criticisms of the greenhouse project, it is intended that they see the production of food by the end of this year.

March 27th, 2015
‘We don’t have to produce everything’ – Natalio D. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) continues to make agriculture one of its biggest campaign issues and its President Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru said people must move away from thinking that if they cannot produce all their food then it does not make sense producing any of it.

March 24th, 2015
‘Indigenous farmers being run over!’ – Lorie A. Rhymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Public Relations Officer of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Lorie A. Rhymer said local farmers are being run over by persons selling imported produce far cheaper than local produce and that this situation must be corrected if agriculture in the territory is to go anywhere.

March 14th, 2015
Vendors urged to make good use of ‘new look’ market

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The new Road Town Market was officially opened yesterday, March 13, 2015 and vendors were urged to make good use of the facilities and the shopping population to give its fullest support.

March 12th, 2015
‘Move me & I’ll sell in the middle of the road!’ – prominent farmer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, is all ready to reopen the Road Town Market Square but this comes with a number of concerns by seasoned local farmers.

February 24th, 2015
‘Agriculture Department wants to stifle us’ – Farmers

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.

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