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Gov’t ends funding for Paraquita Bay farmers—Hipolito D. Penn

Mr Khoy Smith, pictured reaping some of the cucumbers from the group's plot at Paraquita Bay today, November 14, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Hipolito D. Penn (at right) was speaking at the time, with Honestly Speaking’s, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, during the September, 4, 2018, live radio broadcast. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Hipolito D. Penn (at right) was speaking at the time, with Honestly Speaking’s, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, during the September, 4, 2018, live radio broadcast. Photo: Team of Reporters
Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering. Photo: VINO/File
Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering. Photo: VINO/File
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party (NDP) government has decided to end funding for farming in the Paraquita Bay area—a shocking revelation dropped by Independent Candidate for the upcoming General Elections, Mr Hipolito D. Penn.

He was speaking at the time, with Honestly Speaking’s, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, during the September 4, 2018, live radio broadcast.

Fire Ignited

The political hopeful was discussing some of the challenges facing the community, when he revealed that the VI government would no longer be funding farming in the community—something told to him by the incumbent representative, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering.

Mr Penn told host and radio listeners, the agriculture industry in the district has died under the watch of Dr Pickering and his response was, “the government is not spending any more money in Paraquita Bay, because nothing is happening.”

These were among the reasons, Mr Penn highlighted, that “ignited a fire in me” to run for political office.

Mr Penn was adamant the threat to farming in the Paraquita Bay area, is a threat to the very livelihoods of the people who depend on the industry

His Mouth

Quizzed by host, Mr Skelton-Cline, in relation to the accusation being levelled against the Deputy Premier, Mr Penn doubled down and insisted Dr Pickering said government “aint spending any more money in agriculture in Paraquita Bay, nobody didn’t tell me that you know, this is what came from his mouth to my ears and those kinds a things lit the fire inside of me.”

Looking to give a voice to the affected farmers, Mr Penn said, “they ain’t giving up, against all of that, they ain’t giving up.”

The political hopeful looking to run against Dr Pickering in the Seventh District used the occasion to launch an assault against the Deputy Premier, saying come next elections he, “need to go home and sleep.”

He said Dr Pickering has over the course of his 20 years in office, lost the passion to work on behalf of the people and has instead adopted different interest groups.

Mr Penn—a former NDP supporter—confessed, “when I supported the Hon Kedrick Pickering, he had a passion, and I have seen that passion come out of his eyes…He no longer has that passion for his own people but he picked it up for someone else.”

He said, “we can’t go any further with the current representative.”

The political aspirant lashed out at Dr Pickering, saying he abandoned the people of the Seventh District, especially following the 2017 disasters.

“Anytime a boat is sinking, the Captain is last to get off,” according to Mr Penn, who lamented, “there is a crisis right now, we still in crisis mode…we are in a boat of crisis and the first person to get off of that boat was the same Hon Kedrick Pickering.”

13 Responses to “Gov’t ends funding for Paraquita Bay farmers—Hipolito D. Penn ”

  • WOWW (05/09/2018, 10:24) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    U for the win Hipolito Penn. seven district been waiting on someone like you let’s get rid of Pickering & the entire NDP crew!!
  • Hmm (05/09/2018, 10:28) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Pickering has eyes only for fishing.

    they have allowed Agriculture as a department and economic sector to die.

    And they have no plans to turn it around.
    • To bad (05/09/2018, 14:40) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dr Pickering has eyes only for issuing work permits. That's the only thing I heard him boasting about lately. But I do not know if this is the person to pick up the mantle.

      How does government help farmers in Paraquita bay though and why would government spend money to assist a farmer. I would like to understand how and why this is done because, while agriculture is important, so is every other business. The most expensive food one can buy is local produce. I am really not getting it.
      • Lookna (05/09/2018, 17:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Government just needs to turn it around. Instead of them paying they should get paid and be there to offer only training and expertise. Lots of people here who would like to have a small farm but have no land.
  • Jaigon Jumbie (05/09/2018, 10:29) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must admit that I listened to the whole program and I must admit Thar Diego handled himself excellently. He touched on some really good points and even spoke of some of his visions for the district. I personally feel he should aligned himself with a party though. Let people know where he really stand
  • Silent (05/09/2018, 11:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The evidence is clear when it comes to Pickering's approach to agriculture. He did his best to nail the coffin shut.
  • one eye (05/09/2018, 11:05) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    this going be a dog fight in the 7th
  • NezRez (05/09/2018, 13:02) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have been saying this for a long time , you can grow veggies in pots if you have no land. If you have land, you better start now. Times will get worse, especially if produce cannot get to us. Y’all better listen. I usually give my fruits and veggies away, but when the time comes when things are getting scarce, I will start canning my produce to last a long time. Wake up, see what’s going on in this world.
  • farmer brown (05/09/2018, 13:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job Mr Penn get the tracker working for us now please
  • keen listener (05/09/2018, 14:42) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    The dog who can hand out the most money and promises will win the fight.
  • E. Leonard (05/09/2018, 18:02) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agricultural production in the BVI is a topic that is popping up with increasing frequency in the media. And it may be too at kitchen table, domino table, water cooler, bars, schools, churches, ferries, sports stadiums, supermarkets, doctors offices......etc. In regards to agricultural output for local/home consumption, limited arable land, scant water supply for irrigation, increased/increasing population, competition from external sources, converting once arable land to other uses ( housing)........etc, presents challenges to the BVI being self sufficient in food production. The majority of BVI food is imported. Nonetheless, though the BVI may not be able to feed itself, it should exert all reasonable and practicable effort to increase local food production. As such, government should provide reasonable assistance to farmers to increase agricultural output, ie, land, water, transportation, agricultural market(s), energy, seedlings, fertilizers, equipment .......etc. Further, HLSCC can offer courses, seminars......etc on how to increase yield per acre, training on agritech.......etc.

    Increasing local food production reduces the food import bill; spending local creates a multiplier effect in the economy. Further, though local food production may not necessarily be less expensive than some imports, the food may be cheaper, source known......etc. The common belief is that local food should be cheaper than imported food. Well, not necessarily. It is a function of production cost. For example, the cost of Chiquita, a MNC, producing a pound of banana may be less than say a local farmer in Cane Garden area can do it for. Additionally, increasing local food production also enhances food security (the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food). Let’s us examine what would happen if the container ships cannot come for weeks, months......etc.
    • E. Leonard (05/09/2018, 20:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Correction: “Further, though local food production may not necessarily be less expensive than some imports, the food may be cheaper, source known......etc.“ Cheaper in the foregoing sentence should have read Healthier.
  • Truth (06/09/2018, 15:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well it cant be no worst that when the 8th district rep set up a contract for he buddies but the money was really for him and up to now the person or company that was suppose to get some of the money aint get a cent up to now. The 7 and 8th need to go. They aint look out for people just them who already have. I have all the evidence to support what I saying, them set of rats, helping themselves and them family. Soon Come. When them go out to speak I will let the cat out the bag with proof I waiting.

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