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Farmers' Week celebrations have been postponed from its annual February schedule to November, due to reduced budgetary allocations, Natural Resources and Labour Minister, Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering disclosed yesterday, February 15.
There was no Farmers' Week last year.
Dr. Pickering, who is also the Deputy Premier, has been accused by the farming community of not being sincere about farming.
The Minister explained that the decision was made after much consideration, as well as feedback from the farming community.
He said his Ministry fully supports whatever non-governmental activities or local exhibitions that may be held in the interim and after the time of Farmer’s Week.
“Our annual Farmers' Week activities have been shifted for various reasons. The budget allocated to the celebrations has been moderated and the later part of the year is the rainy season and projected to be a better time, considering the yield from local producers," the Minister indicated.
He said, “As the time changes, the tools and practices of traditional farming have changed, so I also want to tell farmers and upcoming producers not to be discouraged by this date change or other outside elements, but continue the great work that is agribusiness.”
Chief Agricultural Officer, Mr. Bevin Braithwaite reiterated the department’s commitment to working with the farmers.
“As is typical, we look forward to facilitating, improving and advancing the exhibition activities later in the year.”