By Nikieta Liburd
(St. Thomas, Nevis) – The Nevis Department of Agriculture reported that the Small Farm Equipment Pool located at Cades Bay St. Thomas’ was vandalized over the weekend of Feb. 2-3.
“At about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb 4, I and the other operators reported to work. After outlining the daily duties, the operators proceeded in trying to get their tractors to start,” Mr. John Parris, Manager of the Small Farm Equipment Pool, said.
“After realizing that the tractors wouldn’t start we checked and realized that the batteries were missing (from) all three tractors that we have in the yard. We then decided to check the building and in doing so we discovered that a socket set and a chain saw were also missing. There may be other minor things missing, but these are the obvious (ones) we recognize at this time as well,” Mr. Parris said.
Mr. Eric Evelyn, Communications Officer of the Department of Agriculture gave his views.
“This was an unfortunate, cowardly and callous act,” Mr. Evelyn said.
“We want to let the public and the perpetrators know that you are not hurting the government, you are hurting the Department of Agriculture and destroying its utmost (effort) to reach out to the farmers.” Mr. Evelyn said.
“We are trying to bring the level of agriculture back to where it was in the past and of course, you are hurting the farmers, the consumers are also being hurt,” Mr. Evelyn said.
“Farmers who probably want to get their land prepared today, they will have to be delayed. We are in the height of the production season and this has delayed (it) quite a bit.” Mr. Evelyn said.
“We want to please appeal to the persons who are involved in these callous acts to kindly desist as soon as possible from these kinds of acts because you are hurting the general population. If there is anyone who may have information regarding this incident, please come forward as soon as possible,” Mr. Evelyn Said.