In an effort to help sustain farmers’ livelihoods and improve their access to essential feed
supply and agricultural inputs, the Department of Agriculture is embarking on a storage shed
expansion project in LaGuerite, St. Kitts.
In a brief interview with the Media and Communication in the Ministry of Agriculture,
Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives, Jeanelle Kelly, Acting Director at the
Department of Agriculture provided an update on the ongoing expansion project and explained
how the availability of feed was affected.
She said, “We would have recognized that feed has become an issue in terms of the frequency
and consistency and what we would have learned is that the storage would have been short. So
what we have undertaken to do where the feed is currently stored here at the department at shed
one, we are going to be expanding the storage facility. So normally where we have the feed
located it’s going to go right up to the back and we anticipate and estimate that it could cater
for another one and a half to approximately two containers of feed.”
Acting Director Kelly explained that an additional two containers worth of feed would also
help the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to resolve the shortage of animal feed, agricultural
inputs and chemical that had been affecting farmers in recent times.
“This will greatly help as it relates to shortages that are experienced at some point in time and
will be able to assist our farmers in getting the necessary inputs they need to service their
animals to feed them and get them the appropriate nutrition that they need”, Ms. Kelly noted.
She also used the opportunity to reveal that the storage expansion allowed for the refurbishment
of wooden structures and repairs to the roof of the building to help protect the feed and inputs.
Kelly said, “Now with this expansion, we’re also going to do some repair work to the roof area
that services this particular area where the feed is stored, so you would notice we would have
replaced some of the galvanize to ensure that the feed does not get wet and also we’re going to
readjust the system. So in terms of where you access to get to the officers to get inputs, i.e
chemicals and seeds that will still be in place that we’ve just rearranged now to accommodate
for this expansion”.
In addition, the Department through the Ministry of Agriculture invested in the procurement
of a brand new forklift to assist in a more efficient offloading process to reduce the time it takes
for farmers to receive their bags of feed and farm supplies.
The Department is expected to officially roll out several plans for expansion, along with
measures to further develop the agricultural sector and boost food security over the next few