Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 545-3572; ads call 440-6666                               Sittings from House of Assembly are carried live on 90.9 FM the Caribbean superstation or follow live online: www.cbnvirginislands.com

UPDATE: ‘I had enough!’ Edmund Maduro walks out on farmers

- Claims his consultancy contract was also never finalised
Controversial talk show host and long time farmer Edmund Maduro recently walked out of a meeting he had called with farmers to discuss their issues and chart a way forward for farming in the Virgin Islands. According to him, the disunity and 'ignorance' of local farmers have finally ploughed through his skin. He had been hired by Government to look at the green houses, helping the farmers to form cooperatives and other issues in developing the agriculture sector. Many farmers had labeled his contract as a 'sellout'. Photo: VINO/File
Champion farmer Moviene Fahie had told a radio talk show in January that Mr Maduro's contract was done to keep him quiet. She had accused him of being a 'sellout'. Photo: VINO/File
Champion farmer Moviene Fahie had told a radio talk show in January that Mr Maduro's contract was done to keep him quiet. She had accused him of being a 'sellout'. Photo: VINO/File
The Greenhouse Project, an initiative of the Virgin Islands Party Administration has been one of the items that talk Show host Edmund Maduro has been hired to review and see how he can get the farmers more involved in this project. Photo: VINO/File
The Greenhouse Project, an initiative of the Virgin Islands Party Administration has been one of the items that talk Show host Edmund Maduro has been hired to review and see how he can get the farmers more involved in this project. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even with his consultancy contract with Government still not finalised, outspoken and controversial talk show host Edmund Maduro has called it quits as according to him, the disunity and “ignorance” of local farmers have finally ploughed through his skin.

According to reports, which were subsequently confirmed by Mr Maduro, he recently walked out of a meeting he had called with farmers to discuss their issues and chart a way forward for farming in the Virgin Islands.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online in January, Mr Maduro had confirmed that he was engaged as a consultant with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour to do many things related to Agriculture. His consultancy arrangement, according to a government source, involved looking at the greenhouses and getting the farmers involved, helping famers to form cooperatives, and Agriculture in the Virgin Islands in general, among other things.

But according to Mr Maduro he does not intend to waste any more time with the farmers and will now be focussing on his own business interests.

“Basically we were trying to find a way forward for the greenhouses, we wanted to form a farmer co-op to deal with the farmers business and they [farmers] were talking in such a rude way to me I said I had enough and I walked out. They treated me as if I am a nobody.

The meeting, Mr Maduro disclosed, was held on April 16, 2013. He explained that he was chairing the meeting and had just passed a resolution. “Am trying to bring order to the house and nobody listening, I can’t continue with that. We had about four or five meetings and every time we have different people, no consistency and following up and all of that. But I am not able with that anymore.”

Maduro opined that there is no unity among local farmers and that he was even warned by a number of his friends that he would never get them together but he didn’t listen to what they were saying. “The whole issue is that there are some farmers that do not want to see farming progress in the way it is being proposed especially regarding the greenhouses.

They want everything for themselves. Like one said they wanted the whole of Paraquita Bay.”

More irking for Mr Maduro is that he has been putting in the necessary effort as a consultant and meeting with the farmers, even though he didn’t think that it was part of his job description, while his contract remains in “limbo”.

“While there should be a contract with government there is some issue at Social Security that has held up the contract. I don’t know who is the boss, whether Cabinet or Social Security.”

Mr Maduro noted the he would not have any involvement with the farmers or as a consultant unless the Ministry comes back to him in a more formative way because as a consultant he didn’t have to talk to the farmers. “I was just trying to show them how we could come together to get things moving fast. I could have done my research independently and just passed it on to the Ministry. I don’t want to waste any more of my time and money because I also spent a lot of money buying books for research and so on and I can’t continue working with people so ignorant. They too rude.

See previous story posted on January 31, 2013

Is it hush Money? Edmund Maduro lands consultancy contract with NDP Govt

- Farmers accuse the controversial talk show host of selling out and getting Government contract to keep quiet!

Controversial talk show host Edmund Maduro, known on his radio and TV talk shows for cutting off callers, is himself under fire from farmers accusing him of taking a Government consultancy contract to not be critical of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

In an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, Mr Maduro confirmed that he has been engaged as a consultant with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour to do many things related to Agriculture.

His consultancy arrangement, according to a government source, involves looking at the greenhouses and getting the farmers involved, helping famers to form cooperatives, and Agriculture in the Virgin Islands in general, among other things.

A copy of the consultancy contract was not obtained by this news site, however, the same government source told this news site that although Mr Maduro is on the job there are challenges with signing the contract because of good standing issues.  The value of the contract, therefore, is not immediately known. 

Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Officials are also tight lipped on this matter but it’s this news site’s understanding that the agreement was negotiated from around September –October of 2012 and Mr Maduro has already billed the Ministry of Natural Resources for work done.

Is it hush money?

Mr Maduro, who was a hast critic of the Virgin Islands Party Administration, was at the forefront of marches against the Biwater project and accused the former Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Omar W. Hodge of not doing anything for farmers and the agriculture sector.

He had used his talk shows as a forum to be critical of the last administration, often siding with the then Opposition NDP, the famers in their struggle for water, more land for farming, more resources and developing the agriculture sector.

However, champion farmer Moviene Fahie has blasted Mr Maduro as a “sell out” and getting this contract to “keep quiet”. She told the Morning Ride radio show on ZROD FM on January 30, 2013 that she is disappointed in Mr Maduro as “he got this contract to shut him up.”

However, Mr Maduro has now surprisingly blamed the farmers for their woes and claimed that he has not sold out. He told this news site that, “my consultancy required me to work with the Government and the Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) to improve the sector. They want the CAO out but I have to work with him.”

“They will not get anything done with their approach, they must come together and form a cooperative so when they speak the government will have to move,” he told this news site.

Mr Maduro said those who are saying he sold out are a “bunch of idiots”. He said he will be calling a meeting soon for all farmers and “who come, come”.

Another famer, who raises livestock and who wanted to remain anonymous, agreed with Ms Fahie and said “I have never heard him gone against the farmers until he got this contract, we do not want to hear from Edmund… the NDP has brought him, we will not be fooled.”

The 2013 Famers Week is scheduled to kick off from  February 1 and runs until February 8, 2013 under the theme: “Sustain Ourselves and Secure Our Future by Training Youth in Agriculture”.

36 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘I had enough!’ Edmund Maduro walks out on farmers”

  • abz (31/01/2013, 08:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    look trouble for me
  • ha (31/01/2013, 09:22) Like (5) Dislike (29) Reply
    He is just joining the others, including the Premier's wife #nothingtoseeherefolks.
  • ooooo (31/01/2013, 09:24) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    he is not the only one, there are several others who were bought
  • nonsense (31/01/2013, 09:47) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply

    Now you see what does really piss me off? Time and time again we cry and ball about experienced and qualified locals not getting a chance. We give over $5mil to a Santo company to give us some half-backed green houses that are filled with grass and rat $h!t as we speak. Now they bring Edmund on board as a consultant for farming, it's a problem. The man has been involved and vocal about farming for decades now because he's getting paid to contribute they hating on him. Typical local bull$h!t that's why I don't want any of them around me unless it's immediate family or people who have been around you long enough so you know where they stand. It is really sickening!! Once you broke and on the sidelines, nobody have a problem. But the minute you get something to better yourself, you sell out. Imagine that! SO he should consult for FREE???

    • Albion (31/01/2013, 11:45) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      I don't mind Edmund getting a contract, but why make it so hush-hush? If there is nothing to be ashamed of, come out and say so? Is he still willing to criticise the NDP? If so, let him come out and speak his mind. Otherwise people can draw their own conclusions.
      • nonsense (31/01/2013, 13:43) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
        I understand your point so understand mine. The Government contract you to assist with a particular area and you will go out and criticize them? For what? What use is that? Let him carry out his duties under the contract, that should be his primary focus and whatever bachanal need to go on behind the scenes. When his contract is up then he can spill whatever beans he wants. There's something called principle and we lack it around here. He can continue to be for or against government and their policies in general on his show, that's his right and he should not let his contract interfere with that, but he shouldn't be letting out anything that he has learned as a part of his contract, while he is on contract. That will not be right. Some of the farmers are very unreasonable and feel government owe them something. If they are so confident in their abilities why don't they seek financing? As Edmund advised, why don't they form a union where together perhaps they can access private capital/funding/donations and tell government to shove it?? That's what I would do. Beg Government for what? NOT ME!!!
    • sayso (01/02/2013, 11:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ nonsence Well said, they to darn sicking now man
  • look!!! (31/01/2013, 09:50) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Ayo need to cut off Edmund!!! He sell out or better yet he SELL OFF!!!
    • small head (01/02/2013, 05:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Edmund contract has absolutely nothing to do with the farmers he broke and needed a life line
  • wake up (31/01/2013, 10:15) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It’s not about “hush money” the man has a lot of ideas that the government can use. This is the way he can contribute to make things better. What does it benefit the country for us to just sit back and cast stones and criticize and not put or contribute anything. It's not about VIP or NDP is is what we can do for our country.
  • NICK (31/01/2013, 12:11) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply

    Old dr*#k!n sell out

  • M**** (31/01/2013, 13:17) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everyone knows that this man is a hypocrite. He is a selfish old fellow who likes things done his own way.
  • voter (31/01/2013, 14:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does Edmund have experience or qualifications in Agriculture?
  • wise-up (31/01/2013, 21:28) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    if this was some person from outside all would have been well !!!! we realy like to fight against "our" own people...boy, as a people we realy confuse !!!!!!,,,,,long live maduro
  • MEME (01/02/2013, 05:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He has now got to walk the talk. Things should be better now for the farmers, me say
  • MEME (01/02/2013, 05:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he cannot wale the talk, cut him off.
  • dissappointed (01/02/2013, 07:43) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    for dey way 'uncle' castigate d Agri Dept it is a DAMM SHAME for he to even accept da job can i join wid others and say 'uncke' is a HYOCRIT' HELL YES All de time he beatin d dept can;t get farmers together when he was farmin now he FORMIN de A$$ who he tyink goin join wid he ? Njoy yur cul tun cy and save some don;t get broke too soon yer hear?
  • Reckless (04/02/2013, 08:51) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply

    The NDP is showing over and over how reckless they are. Hiring Edmund MADURO as an Agricultural/Farming Consultant? What a joke. This kind of behaviour is the reason why we change government every four years. NDP is not showing the potential that can be considered for an another term. Their performance so far is very poor. When ever you look around they are giving some body a contract that don't make sense. What the HELL can Edmund contribute to assist farmers? Absolutely Nothing. No wonder the contract is hush hush, because they know it is bull. What a damn shame.

  • . (26/04/2013, 08:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The thing start now
  • cnn (26/04/2013, 08:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most people with a sense of shame would just crawl out of the public limelight, I guess Edmund has no shame.
  • sunday (26/04/2013, 09:51) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ego on this man is beyond belief
  • sef-important (26/04/2013, 10:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's all about him... if he really cared, talking to the farmers is indeed part of the consultancy. Having patience and educating people is part of the contract. He is calling a hissy fit. He has opinion and has some good ideas, but he was never good at listening himself.
  • Mark (26/04/2013, 13:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    LOL! This is jokes. This is no surprise. This is the same man that used to hang up on his callers when he had the show speak your mind. His chickens are coming home to roost.
  • True (26/04/2013, 13:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he spat his dummy(soother) out the pram, can someone please pick it up for him as apparantly he is a somebody!
  • Edmundo! (26/04/2013, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meh son all of ayo sickning now man! CUT THEM OFF EDMOND, CUT THEM OFF! LOL
  • links (26/04/2013, 14:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    I GLAD! Now the bugger understand how Government feels when him and others continue to bash every damn thing when they don't know the struggle to get things done in this place. Now he realize how ignorant people are here. Just complain about every $@%^&ing thing but can't do nothing for themselves. AH GLAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ASKING (26/04/2013, 16:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not hearing anything about the man they put there to run the office wa he saying and doing the head up there at the Agriculture department Mr. B wa role he play?
  • Melo (26/04/2013, 20:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can spin it every which way you want you can blog it and hire the most experienced publicity people you can but hard times have a way of making people see things for how and what they are. Try the truth.
  • wise-up (27/04/2013, 01:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The citizens keep complaining outsiders taking away the jobs BUT the citizens can not unite, put away difference and move ahead as citizens; there is work to be done and the work need hands on deck to move forward our country...who to blame; if the white man from outside not instructing US what to do & when to do it WE can just can NOT move ahead and that is a shame(six million dollars down the drain)
  • school children (27/04/2013, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    he mad now because dem say social secuirty aint give him no certifcate so dem could not do the contract well saw melee for sooooooooooo
  • brains not skull (27/04/2013, 17:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    come like we need Omar cause only he has the true vision for dem green houses the rest a set of jokers want to farm the old way to feed thousands can't happen and the minister don't have a clue cause he need to be down in the hospital so make omar the consultant with a few santo and get this ball rolling let the locals under study cause one those ships may not come to our lala land I out


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.