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August 14th, 2023
USVI farmers eligible for Drought Assistance from both USVI & US Gov'ts


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Amidst prolonged drought conditions, the [US] VI Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) have announced new measures of relief for the region's farmers.

July 26th, 2023
Agriculture Department receiving reports of increased dog attacks in VI

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - Owners of dogs and livestock in the Virgin Islands (VI) are being urged to be responsible and proactive in ensuring their animals are secured, in particular, vicious dogs to prevent harm to humans, other animals, and damage to property.

March 22nd, 2023
St Croix farmers severely impacted by 'extreme' drought


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Drought on St Croix is a growing concern for farmers on the island and for the [US] VI Department of Agriculture (DoA), according to department officials, DoA Commissioner Positive Nelson said during a St Croix Coastal Zone Management (CZM) committee meeting Tuesday evening, March 21, 2023.

May 2nd, 2017
‘I can’t get nothing grow up in my yard’- Caller to NDP Radio

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of stray cattle going into yards and damaging property, including flower plants and kitchen gardens, is nothing new as Government seems unable to address this longstanding matter.

March 30th, 2017
USVI imports over 97% of its food- USVI Agri Dept reveals


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- — The Centennial commemoration of Agrifest 2017 was hailed as a rousing success by Department of Agriculture (D.O.A.) Commissioner Denis Robles, during an address to the Legislature on Tuesday March 28, 2017 at the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room in Frederiksted.

February 4th, 2016
UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story of Farmers' Week cancellation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by this news site on January 14, 2016, Farmers’ Week 2016 has been cancelled.

January 28th, 2016
Fmr VI Chief Agricultural Officer back @ USVI Dept of Agriculture

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many would remember that between 2000 to 2002 Dr Arthur C. Petersen Jr, a crucian served in the Virgin Islands as Chief Agricultural Officer in the Department of Agriculture. He was recruited from the Greater Virgin Islands after also serving as the United States Virgin Islands Commissioner of Agriculture under the Administration of former Governor Roy L. Schneider [1995-1999].

July 7th, 2015
VI bans importing live birds due to Bird Flu scare

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was brought to the attention of this news site yesterday, July 6, 2015 by a prominent poultry and cash crop farmer that because of the dangerous strain of Avian Influenza, which has hit certain states in the United States of America, the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) was going to take a position to ban the importation of live chickens and other birds.

February 3rd, 2015
Opposition Leader wants loan scheme for farmers

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – The call by many for assistance for farmers throughout the Territory has finally received a sensible suggestion from a politician as all others have been appealing for persons to show more interest in farming without even giving a suggestion as to how persons can be aided in this process. The suggestion of a loan scheme was forwarded by one of the oldest politicians in the Territory, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE (R9).

July 18th, 2014
Mango & Fruit Festival entertains & enlightens

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour – Department of Agriculture today July 18, 2014 presented the Fifth Annual Mango Array and Tropical Fruit Festival at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.

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