Groundbreaking for agro-tourism farm

Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt
Photo by Erasmus Williams
Photo by Erasmus Williams

St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. Ricky Skerritt praised a proposed 20-acre Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm during a recent groundbreaking ceremony, stating that the project, while poised to be entertaining, will also be educational, and will represent a unique marriage between agriculture and tourism.

Calling this newest tourism product unlike any other in this part of the Caribbean, Skerritt added that St. Kitts is committed to sustainability, and as such, the farm will incorporate various green elements in its construction and upkeep.

During the Jan. 31, ceremony, the senator added that the farm will ‘feature local indigenous fruits and vegetables alongside crops originating from Taiwan, so that visitors can appreciate the crop diversity of both countries.

The farm which is scheduled for completion in two years on Sir Gillies – a former sugar cane plantation, is a collaboration between the St. Kitts & Nevis government and the Republic of China.

A release by Cathy A. Preece of Adams Limited, stated that the botanical garden would have medicinal herbs from both St. Kitts and Nevis and China. A traditional tea room will also adorn the garden.

According to Preece, a visual highlight of the farm will be a ‘Sugarcane Labyrinth” in shapes of St. Kitts and Taiwan, commemorating the sugar industry that was once an economic boom in both nations.

Once operational, the farm will conduct workshops and seminars for local youth who aspire to careers in agriculture.

The statement said that Taiwanese landscape and architecture experts who traveled to St. Kitts to compose a blueprint for the project also created the design for the farm.

The Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts was named one of the “Top 12” Spots of the Caribbean to visit in 2012, by Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine. While Brimstone Hill Fortress topped USA Today as one of the great places to explore, and the world’s best-kept secret.

Nestled in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, St. Kitts also boosts tourism attractions such as hiking in its tropical rainforests, riding the scenic railway that connects the islands’ former sugar plantations, and the Cabibelle Batik factory to name a few.

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