The cost of work permits for non-nationals who choose to engage in farming has been halved to $1,500, the Cabinet has decided.
Other measures are also being adopted to boost the agriculture sector.
The government reported that leases are also being granted to all farmers, and plots as large as 25 acres are being included in the leaseholds.
“The object is to increase the output of agricultural products and its contribution to the GDP,” said Lionel Max Hurst, the government’s Chief of Staff.
He reported that a desalting plant producing 4,000 gallons of water daily will be completed in the first quarter, in the Bethesda area not too far from Potworks Dam.
A team of eleven Chinese agricultural experts will also be entering Antigua, this month, to teach greenhouse and open-field farming techniques to farmers in Antigua.