Posted in News and Sports on 21. Sep, 2011
Banana farmers planned a picket to voice their disapproval of the way in which the Ministry of Agriculture is handling the black sigatoka disease that is currently affecting banana farms here.
Farmers are complaining that all that they are receiving are promises that are not being fulfilled. They also complained of their voices not being heard by the management of the industry and is calling on management to listen more and speak less.
The farmers are also calling on the Minister with responsibility for Agriculture the Hon. Montgomery Daniel to either do his job or resigned from his position if he’s not capable of handling his responsibilities.
Since the black sigatoka was observed here the farmers say the ministry has not lifted a figure to assist them in any way.
The farmers are also disappointed with the treatment that they are receiving from WINFRESH representatives. They are claiming that the officials that WINFRESH sends to St. Vincent operates more like spies than representatives who are suppose to assist them.
Stakeholders in the Banana Industry met earlier yesterday Tuesday 20 September to discuss among other issues, how to control the Black Sigatoka disease and charting the way forward for the industry.