The Department of Agriculture is bringing awareness about the sector directly to the people of Nevis with a live panel discussion this evening (May 15). The month of May has been earmarked by the Nevis Island Administration as the month of agricultural awareness and the panel discussion forms part of the activities. It will take place at the St. Pauls’ Anglican Church Hall from 7-10pm. The objective of the discussion is to continue fostering a relationship between the general public and the department, Eric Evelyn, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture told the Observer. The panelists are Merville Morton of the Environmental Health Department, who will discuss Abattoir Health Issues; Jean Knight, a Senior Project Officer within the ministry who will discuss Monkey Control; Clyde Thompson, the Cooperatives Registrar who will discuss Cooperative regulations and compliance; Dr. Ambrose James who will discuss the merits of increasing livestock production; and Laurel Arthurton, Director of Fisheries, who will discuss Fisheries regulations. “We’re trying to highlight different aspects of agriculture, cooperatives, and fisheries. One of the main objectives of agriculture awareness month is to continue the dialogue between the general public, farmers and fishermen, and the Department and Ministry of Agriculture. So we want to hear from persons their ideas about these aspects and what suggestions and recommendations they may have. So we’re inviting as many persons as possible to come to the discussion,” Evelyn said. Each panelist will make a brief presentation then the floor will be opened to the audience. The event will be aired live on Von Radio.