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No food security anytime soon; Greenhouses destroyed

- other high price tag public structures damaged or flattened by hurricane Irma, including school wall & new school building
The greenhouses at Paraquita Bay was destroyed by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
A horse that had to be put to sleep at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay after suffering injuries in Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
A horse that had to be put to sleep at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay after suffering injuries in Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
One of the structures intended to house the controversial 12th Grade was flattened by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
One of the structures intended to house the controversial 12th Grade was flattened by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
A section of the Elmore Stoutt High School wall damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
A section of the Elmore Stoutt High School wall damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When doing a drive through the Government's Paraquita Bay farmlands, one cannot escape the air filled with the stench of decaying animals or in some areas the sight of rotting carcasses, some as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria a month ago.

In addition, it appears that the Virgin Islands will not have food security any time soon as the much talked about greenhouses, a project started under the Opposition Virgin Islands Party Government, are now destroyed.

Money gone with the wind?

It was Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) who announced a few years ago that the project will continue and sought some $1.5M to finish the project. The aim of the greenhouses was for the Virgin Islands (VI) to be able to reduce its food import bill, at least in fruits and vegetables. However, Hurricane Irma had other plans in mind as all the greenhouses located at Paraquita Bay were left in ruins.

Meanwhile, animals on Tortola continue to suffer, a story first and accurately reported by our newsroom on October 24, 2017. It was just yesterday October 29, 2017 that our roving camera was on the scene when a race horse was put to sleep at Ellis Thomas Downs.

According to an assistant veterinarian technician, the horse was "dying a slow death after it fell into a ghut on the track and sustained major injuries." 

The infamous wall @ ESHS

In addition to other public structures that took a beating from Hurricane Irma was the Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Education and Culture Minister, famous $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School wall.

Many portions of the small wall around the school were damaged. The wall is the subject of an audit investigation called by former Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

In addition, a structure that Mr Walwyn, the controversial Minister, was building to the tune of $1,935,195 was also flattened by the hurricane. The building was to house the new 12th Grade, which was rushed into action by Mr Walwyn with little or no support from the public or teachers and students. 

Back on our feet or not? Dr Smith 

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has told the public at a press conference that the Territory is back on its feet; however, the public and civil society have scoffed at such an erroneous statement. 

Even his own Deputy Premier, Dr The Honourable Pickering, disagreed with his boss and said infact there are "dark, dark days ahead." 

Ninth District Representative, Hon Hubert O'Neal also distanced himself from the ridiculous statement by his Leader Dr Smith when he told residents on Virgin Gorda on October 25, 2017 that the government is "hurting for money...and I am very very serious". Dr O'Neal further stated, "if money is not injected into the Territory's economy it will collapse".

21 Responses to “No food security anytime soon; Greenhouses destroyed”

  • Ya me born (30/10/2017, 17:23) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    So what this headline is saying is that prior to Irma the BVI was on the threshold of achieving food security..BVI could never be food secure..the will isn't there in our leadership and our have to call a spade a spade
  • Animal rights (30/10/2017, 17:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor horse
  • seen (30/10/2017, 18:24) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The high school has a lot of potential..this is the time to clear the hold compound and draft a plan to have both junior and senior students houses in separate building..

    The ministry need to budget money to have the grounds cleared and start from the beginning
    • @ seen (31/10/2017, 07:12) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree but just keep myrun far from thoes projects
    • @ seen (31/10/2017, 07:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree but just keep myrun far from thoes projects
    • @seen (31/10/2017, 17:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      and not where it is in the confluence of two traffic routes into town and the ghut which floods.
  • Watch it vino (30/10/2017, 18:28) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Look like you all more concerned about dying animals than hungry people lol
  • voter (30/10/2017, 18:28) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    The man even cant move into his home he talking piss but back on feet strupps
  • wize up (30/10/2017, 23:24) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Pure political finger pointing!!!!!! as a people we need to be unified but we just admire pulling down our own race: look around, us VI Lander are best when we speak poorly of each other while the expatriates come in and establish viable business operations.... just saying and pull down to score political points rather sharing ideas with each other and most of them pointing fingers offers up no applicable solutions(just criticise)
    • race? (31/10/2017, 17:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      you do realise there are white bvislanders and belongers and black (and other race) expats? And in case you haven't noticed, we need viable businesses right now but landlords and trade licence/permit corruption have chased many away...
      • wize up (31/10/2017, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ race: just point of information for you; most of the white BV Islanders do far better than the negros because the white belongers band together BUT the blacks live like crabs in a barrel(why you don't talk that) I went school with white bv islanders back in the 70s so what is your point???....there is fine line between race and the facts of the matter!!!!! One have nothing to do with the other(just so you know)
  • The trump wall (31/10/2017, 05:20) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The files are wet and missing so no one will go to jail
  • Leadership..Poor. R. MIA (31/10/2017, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    In Agriculture, In Labour, We have a round leader trying to fit himself in a square peg..Where is the speech on agriculture stating plans and action. .Where is the speech to companies warning them that layoffs must be last resort and must be proven to be justifiable....Lorna Smith ( first lady) gave a speech to companies warning them that laying off must be last resort. That was good but much too late.... I'm so shame of our leaders..
  • ------------------------------- (31/10/2017, 10:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    even a million dollar wall could not stand the force of Hurricane Irma
  • my people (31/10/2017, 13:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well how much money was spend on for the green houses again??
    • wize up (31/10/2017, 23:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ my people: don't for get the ghut in Purcell and to this day after all of those millions we still have big problems in that area.....I am not even touching the green houses: the hospital; the green house and that glut were personal project funded by tax money(yes. I said it) and will up in any public forum and say it!!
  • layoffs (31/10/2017, 17:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    layoffs will be justified by themselves because staff are not just a cost but one of the most important assets to make a business profitable. Of course some staff are more vulnerable and that is where labour can focus attention. If business cannot remain profitable and there must be layoffs, that is unfortunate. Many will be rehired when businesses can grow. Allowing and assisting businesses to grow is crucial for us right now. If an expat wants to open a law firm or a restaurant or whatever which it their own considerable risk, they should be roundly thanked for committing to our country at this time and passed the list of BVIslanders and Belongers available to staff it, not messed around until they decide to go elsewhere with their business.
  • Tadow (01/11/2017, 07:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those things sat there for approximately 15 years. Hurricane Irma could not have done a better job. Tell where the food security was, a total waste of taxpayers money.
    • wize up (01/11/2017, 19:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Tadow: and no accountability and no one gone jail: white collar crime does pay(only in this place!!!!!!)

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