The Republic of Taiwan (China) has donated EC$50,000 to help to assist in the human-monkey conflict on Nevis.

The Nevis Island Administration received a total of EC$100,000 toward agriculture, with the second half donated to the human-monkey conflict. The first $50,000 donation was handed over sometime last year.

Permanent Secretary in Agriculture Eric Evelyn spoke to the Observer July 18 and expressed his gratitude to the Taiwanese and resident ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou for their generous donation and explained what the money will be used for.

“The Nevis Island Administration and, by extension, the Ministry and Department of Agriculture, we are really very thankful and grateful to the Taiwanese for providing us with this assistance,” he said. “The Taiwanese have always been providing the (agriculture) department with a lot of assistance over the years and we are very grateful to this.”

Evelyn said Chiou handed over the $50,000 cheque to the minister of tourism, the Honourable Mark Brantley, who then handed it over to the minister of agriculture, the Hon. Alexis Jeffers, who then handed it over to the founder of Arnova Sustainable Future, biologist Vernon Gibbs-Halls. Arnova Sustainable Future is a nonprofit company established in the federation in 2016 with focus on assisting in the monkey situation. Its official site reads as follows: “Arnova Sustainable Future Inc. is a Non for-Profit based in St. Kitts and Nevis. Arnova Sustainable Future Inc. have embarked on an ambitious project to assist the St Kitts and Nevis Government with a humane and ethical approach to mitigating the effects which the multitude of Green Velvet Monkeys are having on the sustainable livelihoods of agricultural farmers.”

This latest donation is one of the many the Republic of Taiwan (China) has given to the NIA and, by extension, the federal government in a year. Some donations included eight trucks to the St. Kitts and Nevis Defense Force; two cheques to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to help in the fight against crime;$300,000 in cash and kind to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), which included 25 desktop computers, three tablets and a printer; a cheque of almost $200,000 for the provision of transportation to the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority and the Port Health Unit in the Ministry of Health; and college scholarships to study in Taiwan.