Crop farmer Caudley George says the state of emergency and attendant curfew have had an immense impact on farmers and the way they operate and manage their farms.
However, he says he and his colleague farmers are coping, and will face these difficult times and challenges head-on.
George, who served as a technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, says farmers are willing to work along with the Government in order to provide the country some level of food security.
With the proper assistance, George says, farmers will be able to emerge from this crisis with a great sense of accomplishment. He expects the current developments will last for some time, and is appealing to farmers to prepare their land and do what is necessary to be able to feed the nation.
According to George, this is also an opportunity for the Government to consider diversifying the economy and stop being totally dependent on tourism.
He says agriculture can be one of the county’s revenue earners.
George says that developing the country’s agro-processing capabilities should also be looked at, at this time.
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Every person involved in farming and agriculture should hold their head up high. You are the cream of the crop. Agriculture is an important part of the future, but also of the here and now. In the dark days of slavery this whole land was cultivated and crops were everywhere. The plantocracy dead now, and we free. Now we are the masters of our land. Plant. Plant. Plant. Let his whole place blossom like the garden of Eden. Thank you so much.
CDmle above is absolutely right. Now is a great time to seize the opportunity to develop agriculture on this fertile island and step away from too much dependence on tourism. As a retired farmer it gave me great pleasure to see many very well tended fields, but there is plenty of land lying fallow, why not plough it up and use it to feed everyone? This is a chance to make something positive come out of this terrible virus
With the advent of this dread virus, many of us will perhaps be laid off from our jobs within the near future….. I certainly agree with you Mr. George to seize the opportunity to venture into agriculture and help feed the nation. No longer is agriculture considered a degradable profession but a profession that can generate a decent income for oneself. It can also generate revenue for the govt and also provide food for the residents so we can have healthy nation.
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