BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The COVID-19 relief programme was a success for the agriculture and fisheries sectors, according to Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.
“Our generous stimulus package has helped farmers and fishers to get back on their feet.” said Prime Minister Harris during his Aug. 11 monthly press conference. “First, to reboot the domestic economy, we identified low risk and critical sectors for opening up starting with agriculture and fisheries sectors in which it is easy to do social distancing.”
He highlighted that with the opening up of the fisheries sector 203 fishermen were assisted by the federal government with approximately three million dollars spent on fish trap wire, fishing line, hooks, rope and safety equipment.
Prime Minister Harris noted as well that the total fish landings for the second quarter of 2020 (April to June) amounted to 144,460 lbs valued at $1.7m which was up over the comparative period of 2019 when total fish landings were 144,320 lbs valued at $1.6m.
“The fact that the second quarter result was better than that of the comparative quarter in 2019 is attributed to Government’s boosted support for the fisheries sector through the COVID-19 Relief Program,” he said.
Prime Minister Harris also said that $2.1 million was spent on agriculture particularly for crops and livestock production.