The Nevis agricultural department staged its 23rd annual agricultural fair on the last Thursday & Friday of March this year, with the intension of promoting buying and growing local foods and produce on Nevis. Permanent secretary for the Ministry of culture in Nevis Mr. Eric Evelyn says while the overall aim was to encourage focus on local produce, the over-riding objective was to get all involved, even the schools on the island.
Attention were also paid to improving technology in all areas of Agriculture, which includes involving the younger generation. Several persons in the industry were recognized as well for their contribution. The ministry also partnered with St. Eustatius who were invited to attend the fair; a delegation of some 65 persons from the island were in attendance. They provided additional opportunities for business for the farmers whose produce were not only on display but every one made use of the chances of buying organically grown fruits and vegetables grown without additives to generate rapid growth, a system used in modern times to keep up with the demands for world export by farmers in the Americas.
The impressive display of agricultural produce demonstrates that there is no need for imports when these vegetables can be grown locally, and because it’s healthier for consumption, the people of Nevis are encouraged to buy and grow local. This is one of the goals expressed by Evelyn that the fair on an annual basis will hopefully yield, that the people of Nevis will see Agriculture as a healthier life style to adopt. The entire fair also includes ornamentls, animals, birds and cultural dishes made from most of what was grown locally.