In response to the presentation, Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Vance Amory thanked the organisation on behalf of the School and the people of Nevis and noted that the occasion had brought attention to that fact that shade house technology could meaningfully assist the island in its agricultural pursuits.
“We have wondered how are we going to expand the involvement in agriculture; how are we going to expand the output in our agricultural exploits and this shade house technology, is giving us that opportunity to do just that.” he said.
The Premier and Minister of Education, who is also the island’s Minister of Finance, explained that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) wanted to see the island’s young people become more motivated and involved in productive enterprise and they should take advantage of the technology and benefits now available in agriculture.
“If ever there were a productive enterprise in which they [youths] could become involved and take benefit, not just from the ability to grow things using the technology but also to benefit themselves as consumers of their own produce and also developing the agri- business aspect of that venture, I think agriculture is the most likely candidate,” he said.
Mr. Amory used the opportunity to urge teachers and parents to encourage their students and children to become involved in agricultural production and with the use of modern technology they could reap numerous profits.
He explained that the IICA representatives had indicated their willingness in assisting the Administration in its quest to invest in as many green houses as possible on Nevis. He added that an increase in the number of green houses would create a total transformation, improvement and maximisation of the output from agriculture for the benefit of the island’s people.
Mr. Amory further added that IICA representative for St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Augustine Merchant had previously indicated that St. Maarten could become a viable market for the island’s agricultural produce.
“Mr. Merchant assures me that we can have a market in St. Maarten. They are more industrialised than we are; they don’t have the space for agricultural production.
“We believe that if we can engage our people, beginning with our young people and those who are already involved in agriculture in this business, that the investment will pay tremendous dividends and give new words to them by working the technology, working smart and just working hard,” he said.
The green house was the second facility handed over to the Ministry of Education on Nevis. The first was handed over late 2012 for use by agriculture students of the Gingerland Secondary School.