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Fmr VI Chief Agricultural Officer back @ USVI Dept of Agriculture

- Dr Arthur C. Petersen Jr, who served as the Virgin Islands Chief Agricultural Officer, is now back in the USVI Department of Agriculture as its Deputy Commissioner
Dr Arthur C. Petersen Jr, a crucian who served in the Virgin Islands as Chief Agricultural Officer in the Department of Agriculture, is now back in the USVI Department of Agriculture under the Kenneth E. Mapp [2015-current] Administration, this time serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture. Photo: Internet Source
Dr Petersen, while serving as the Virgin Islands Chief Agricultural Officer in the early 2000, was best known for revitalising the Annual BVI Agriculture Exhibition and Food Fair. After his departure it was said that the annual event started to decline and this year 2016 it has been canceled for the first time in almost 20 years. Photo: Internet Source
Dr Petersen, while serving as the Virgin Islands Chief Agricultural Officer in the early 2000, was best known for revitalising the Annual BVI Agriculture Exhibition and Food Fair. After his departure it was said that the annual event started to decline and this year 2016 it has been canceled for the first time in almost 20 years. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many would remember that between 2000 to 2002 Dr Arthur C. Petersen Jr, a crucian served in the Virgin Islands as Chief Agricultural Officer in the Department of Agriculture. He was recruited from the Greater Virgin Islands after also serving as the United States Virgin Islands Commissioner of Agriculture under the Administration of former Governor Roy L. Schneider [1995-1999].

Dr Petersen is now back in the USVI Department of Agriculture under the Kenneth E. Mapp [2015-current] Administration, this time serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture.

The new Deputy Commissioner, who was appointed last week, will work with the new USVI Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos C. Robles in supporting him in his new role.

Dr Petersen, while serving as the Virgin Islands Chief Agricultural Officer in the early 2000, was best known for revitalising the Annual BVI Agriculture Exhibition and Food Fair. After his departure it was said that the annual event started to decline and this year 2016 it has been canceled for the first time in almost 20 years.

Dr Petersen holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in Horticulture with specialisation in water stress physiology with a Minor in Plant Pathology. He has been a teacher and an Assistant Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and worked at the USVI Senate as Special Assistant to the Chair of Finance Committee.

The USVI Deputy Commissioner Dr Petersen is also credited for having many publications in the area of tropical fruits, and the effects of photoperiod on tuber production of rooted stem cuttings. His office will be located on St Croix, USVI.

13 Responses to “Fmr VI Chief Agricultural Officer back @ USVI Dept of Agriculture”

  • traveller (28/01/2016, 13:15) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I remember him kudos brother
  • SADA (28/01/2016, 14:14) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    That mapp rehiring all of his left handed friends.
  • we all know what (28/01/2016, 14:24) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    He was also known for other things here in the BVI.
  • JACK BE STILL (28/01/2016, 14:47) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Like him or hate him he did a good job in the bvi
  • Well Sah (28/01/2016, 15:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So this guy was commissioner of agriculature before. What was his accomplishment that he is now recycled to be the deputy director of that department. Same old same old and we expect thing to improve.
  • Voter Too (28/01/2016, 16:00) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Then they say that they are looking out for the young people.If you aint got no work they may say you are lazy but it seems as if all government are rehiring the oldie goldies. Nothing is wrong but they should only be on the job at least 6monnts to 1 year and no more helping to recuit someone younger. Most of these people are working getting a salary sometimes it is even more than what they used to work for, getting a pension, depending on the island social security and sometmes it comes with various allowances such as housing,car etc.Most of the time they are already established such as renting apartments and having other well established businesses. If a younger person is giving such then they are then given the opportunity to advance their lives and that of their family. Yes a headstart for young people will definitely put the country forward also.If the young people dont have anything to look forward to then they will fall into the ills of society.Help them to curtail the gun tooting, the high crime and vilence and more.
  • farmer (28/01/2016, 16:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Because the then minister and the ps run him out
  • Charley Rose (28/01/2016, 19:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The appointment of Dr Petersen is well deserving. A man with all the qualification and experience should not be wasted. Despite his age, he will make a significant contribution to USVI Department of Agriculture. What the should consider in such an appointment is to hire younger individuals to work with him so that he could share his experience with them and develop their skills.
    Dr Petersen has a lot to offer us in the BVI, all we need to do is for our Minister to send a team of young people as he had sent to YCCS so that they will be able to learn some new skills. Perhaps some of them will get scholarship to study agriculture in the USVI
  • rcc (28/01/2016, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    So much hate the man got a job in St. Croix not Tortola why the hate man show some love. Congratulations Doc
  • foxy (30/01/2016, 10:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Dr. P you will do a fabulous job!


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