The St. Kitts Ministry of Agriculture will soon begin implementation of a new project called the “Pest Control Initiative”.
Since the 2020 annual budget address, the government had allocated a sum of $EC 700,000.00 for the project geared towards the control of St Kitts and Nevis’ notorious invasive species, the Green Vervet Monkey and as well as wild pigs within the three farming districts in St. Kitts.
The VON NEWSLINE spoke to the Director of Agriculture, Mr. Melvin James, on the various population reducing or deterring methods that will be implemented on the project.
The project is expected to be implemented for three years starting from 2020 and ending 2022.
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The damage caused by invasive species in St. Kitts and Nevis has resulted in serious financial losses to local farmers as documented by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr. James also spoke to the VONNEWSLINE about some of the damages agricultural farmers are facing:
A project titled “Preventing the COSTS of Invasive Alien Species” had its first debut in March of 2019.
With the addition of this new project “Pest Control Initiative” and given the data collected by the Ministry of Agriculture over the years on the crop damages, what are the differences of each project and what types of impacts will they have on the Green Vervet Monkey issue?
Director James explains the difference between the projects:
He further explained: