Greenhouse project has to be completed- Hon. Pickering [photo display added]
Speaking at the launch of Farmers' Week 2013 at Paraquita Bay today, February 1, 2013 hon. Pickering also alluded to the plans to pursue the greenhouse project but not before carefully reviewing it.
"Greenhouse is a project that has to be completed." said Hon. Pickering. He noted that there is likely to be long term challenges if not reviewed carefully. He added that the greenhouses project can produce for economic sustenance for the Virgin Islands.
He also announced that Government is working on a major project for a solar farm at Anegada and has engaged the service of an entity that is specialised in the field. "Solar energy is free to us," he noted and said that it can provide 50-60 percent of energy for VI and can be produced at a much cheaper cost than it is today.
Instructions were also given to officers to go out and secure land for sheep rearing in Anegada.
Hon. Pickering also acknowledged the celebrations of International Wetlands Day which he said is critical to our survival. "There is no beach without a pond.... If we destroy the pond we'll be destroying our beaches. Please remember to protect ponds for economic development and stability."