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Vendors urged to make good use of ‘new look’ market

- VI urged to support the initiative
The ribbon for the opening of the new Road Town Market was cut by Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Honourables Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) and Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Consumer Affairs Officer of Trade and Consumer Affairs Mrs Cynthia Hodge and local Farmer Mrs Mariette Smith. Photo: VINO
Vendors had a sale day at the 'new look' market yesterday, March 13, 2015 as it was being re-launched. Photo: VINO
Vendors had a sale day at the 'new look' market yesterday, March 13, 2015 as it was being re-launched. Photo: VINO
Local farmers with their produce in the permanent structure at the market. Photo: VINO
Local farmers with their produce in the permanent structure at the market. Photo: VINO
Some of the fresh locally grown foods of the VI. Photo: VINO
Some of the fresh locally grown foods of the VI. Photo: VINO
The colourful transformation of the market area for the opening yesterday afternoon. Photo: VINO
The colourful transformation of the market area for the opening yesterday afternoon. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The new Road Town Market was officially opened yesterday, March 13, 2015 and vendors were urged to make good use of the facilities and the shopping population to give its fullest support.

Among those present for the re-launch were Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Deputy Premier and Minister for Labour and Natural Resources Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

In his brief remarks, Premier Smith said “The Government has had its focus on the improvement of the economy of the British Virgin Islands from the time we got elected. One of the things we had to do to improve the economy was to work to promote the small and medium size businesses…What we did to make this happen was to re-energise the Department of Trade…”

He also said that they had established the Small Business Bureau to assist small businesses as they moved to reach a stage where they could stand on their own feet. “And this support for small business also extends to businesses in the agriculture industry.”

It was highlighted that the Business of the Month initiative saw the first business to have been recognised for such an honour being agriculture in nature.

Working towards an improved Road Town

Hon Vanterpool, in whose district the market falls, urged all and sundry to give their fullest support to assist in the process of making the city of Road Town look more beautiful, taste more beautiful and smell more beautiful. “So work with us as we do so and we would be able to give you the opportunity to grow your business here in the city of Road Town.”

He commended City Manager Ms Janice Braithwaite and the workers of the various Departments of the Ministry of Communications and Works as he said Government is moving to develop the city formally.

Premier Smith also said, “Every small step in the right direction is a great step in the right direction for the territory of the Virgin Islands and every little step like this, that we see, we are proud of those who make it happen so that we can build on it. Sometimes we want to do the grand things and the great things but those things start at the very small stage and hopefully over time we can pay attention to them and they will grow…”

Hon Pickering spoke of a number of initiatives that are currently in the basket as work-in-progress that will soon see marked improvement in the agriculture industry. He too was high in praise of the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs for the initiative of beautifying the market area and making it a more pleasing one with much organisation.

Farmers concerns

Amid all the encouraging words, however, some farmers are still concerned that many vendors will have imported produce and passing it off as “local”. This they believe could cast a “bad name” on all the vendors.

“What you have happening is that imported food spoils very fast and I am tired of hearing customers telling me that the stuff they buy spoiling fast and guess what they saying? Them local food, they not saying the imported food they saying them locals and that is casting a bad spell on our stuff because it’s the imported things they purchasing and being disappointed,” a farmer had told this news site.

14 Responses to “Vendors urged to make good use of ‘new look’ market”

  • POPE (14/03/2015, 12:21) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    Another election gimmick
  • Ginny (14/03/2015, 12:44) Like (11) Dislike (24) Reply
    They need to tell the people the truth that they have no interest in farmers....election must be around the corner!!!!
    • Stopit (15/03/2015, 07:58) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Stop talking negative piss here. Agriculture has always been with our people from days of slave markets on Sundays and will continue. The Governments of past and present have always supported agriculture. How can one make such a statement that Govt. not interested?
  • Well Sah (14/03/2015, 12:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just this morning i saw a few vendors along the roadside.
  • ooooo (14/03/2015, 13:02) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply

    M...ene is still across from craft-alive.... Sh..azz now took a new extra spot outside craft-alive.... A..ku and a donovan man outside Bolo's.... Ne..y (the coconut guy) and the lady with the van still under the tree by Oneal's gas station and the lady is still down by Richardson rigging.....So who fooling who???

  • ??? (14/03/2015, 13:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So that's why the house was recessed???
  • the rock (14/03/2015, 15:29) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is for the island ppl to sell things when the boat comes in dr Pickering does not care about local farmers
  • Boo (14/03/2015, 19:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elections coming like a thief in the night.
    • @Boo (14/03/2015, 20:34) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      How it going come like a thief in the night you idiot when it has to be announced at lest three months before the day of election!! Real mumu.
  • Plank (15/03/2015, 09:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    looking good--Maintenance and support will be the real challenge--its a very good move though.. lets see how it plays out...Don`t be so quick to kill a good thing.-- Give it a chance---its over due.
  • Worker (15/03/2015, 14:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    they need to use it and stop blocking our parkinglot with their tents, i shouldn't have to be searching for a parking space because their are six tents in all the spots


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