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The Ministry of Agriculture has seen a significant rise in the price for fertilisers locally over the last 2 years. On NBC radio Face to Face programme this yesterday Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar said next year under the Community Agriculture Programme the ministry will be taking steps to ensure farmers benefit from more reasonable prices. https://youtu.be/bQjh_kbgMNM Minister Caesar made it clear that the increase in the price of fertilisers has nothing to do with any government policy. https://youtu.be/OttigaMN_hQ The agriculture minister further commended traffickers for their tremendous work in ensuring local agricultural produce continued to be exported amidst the…

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127.2 million EC dollars have been allocated to the Ministry of Transport and Works Lands and Survey in the 2022 budget estimates. The allocation will see some major road works carried out across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Furthermore some 8.4 million will go towards the rebuilding and recovery of communities directly affected by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Transport and Works Montgomery Daniel said six new programmes have been identified for 2022 for the mainland and the Grenadines. https://youtu.be/MkBosF1ZUNY Minister Daniel said there will also be new employment positions available which…

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Opposition member of parliament for Central Kingstown St Clair Leacock took a jab at the government during his contribution to the debate on the 2022 budget estimates stating that the government missed a great opportunity to consult with the opposition on the many challenges which have affected the country over the past year including the COVID-19 pandemic, the dengue outbreak and the eruption of La Soufriere volcano Leacock said consultations were necessary and important in crafting a budget for the times. https://youtu.be/-iO3aY-Pf7g The opposition MP said the people need to be motivated during this challenging time and the government has…

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The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute-(CARDI) is implementing a new project here aimed at revitalizing the coconut industry. The alliance for the coconut industry expansion and enhancement support project is being funded by the European Union under the eleventh edf. Representative of CARDI Gregory Linton said over the years the organisation whose main focus is to safeguard food security in the region, has been involved in the production of many commodities such as hot peppers, bananas, plantains, yams, dasheen, cassava, sweet potatoes and coconuts. https://youtu.be/MZ_Xk8LUCpk Linton said they decided to partner with the government of SVG to assist in…

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The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated 45.6m dollars in the 2022 budget estimates. Speaking on the allocation, Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar said that one of the main focus is on banana production and export. https://youtu.be/qcnqnB0lhx4 Another area of focus is on sensitisation programmes which will be carried out by field officers. https://youtu.be/5dqt0fJzQ2c Reflecting on 2021, Minister Caesar said that the government responded well to the needs of the people which has helped with the recovery of the agriculture sector. https://youtu.be/bl3pIrNzikk

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The multi-million dollar Port Modernisation Project will be the most important capital project to be executed by the government in 2022. This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who was at the time making his contribution to the debate in parliament yesterday on the 2022 budget estimates which amounts to 1.3 billion EC dollars. Prime Minister Gonsalves said the Port Modernisation Project is of critical importance to SVG’s economy even though it will incur more debt. https://youtu.be/REendi33KU8 PM Gonsalves rubbished claims that the new port project which will be in Rose Place is not necessary at this time,…

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Glowing tributes were paid in parliament yesterday for former prime minister and founder of the opposition New Democratic Party Sir James Fitz Allan Mitchell. Opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday who led off the tributes said that Sir James lived a meaningful life with love for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and its people. He said that Sir James’ legacy must stand with his contributions honoured and cherished. https://youtu.be/txTZEfjp6E8 The opposition leader recalled how dear Sir James was to him and urged that young people take note of his inspiring example. https://youtu.be/6WN15YOXmBc

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves expressed gratitude to Sir James for his contributions to nation building. He said Sir James modernized the state administration while he served as prime minister. https://youtu.be/z1eRa0MXvio Prime Minister Gonsalves mentioned the many interactions he had with Sir James on a personal and official capacity, noting that Sir James’ personality was interesting with love for family and as a servant of the people. PM Gonsalves singled out the last memories he had of Sir James who wanted the best for the people of SVG especially during this pandemic. https://youtu.be/A9Z5YgqDxM8 Parliamentarians pay tribute to Sir James Several…

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A picket that was to be held in front of parliament yesterday by theSVG Teachers Union and others as part of their continued protest against the government’s vaccination policy was postponed. President of the SVG Teachers Union Oswald Robinson who made a late call for persons to join him on the picket line yesterday explained why they decided to postpone the protest action. https://youtu.be/AKbovuI-amM The SVGTU held a picket last Friday which Robinson deemed a success. Robinson said that he is appalled that the government has gone ahead to hire retired teachers to replace some of the approximately 200 teachers…

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In his response to the Estimates presentation opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday questioned how the budget will be financed. He pointed to other receipts which he said is one of the largest categories of funding in the budget amounting to 265 million dollars. Dr. Friday said no specific details have been provided as to how the government intends to get the money to fund this and other debts and if it doesn’t what are the consequences. https://youtu.be/j0mfHQdHHTc Dr. Friday noted that the room for borrowing is limited given the size of the country’s debt to GDP ratio which he said…

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The estimates of revenue and expenditure for the fiscal year 2022 amounting to one-billion, 329 million, 340 thousand, 860 dollars were presented in parliament today by Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves. He said the figure represents a 9.6 percent increase over the approved budget for 2021. https://youtu.be/914jzd_AHoE Minister Gonsalves also noted that the current revenue of 677.5 million EC dollars is a 4.7% or 30.1 million dollars increase over the amount budgeted for in 2021 and the improvement in the revenue performance for 2020 is reflective of what is anticipated to be a strong uptick in real economic activities projected…

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A team representing Lynch Insurance Brokers (Barbados) ltd and Marsh limited – a leader in agriculture, fisheries and forestry industry in the UK & Ireland is here in St Vincent and the Grenadines conducting research and analysis of the local agriculture sector towards developing a model of crop insurance. Speaking at a briefing, Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar said that SVG , the Windward Islands and CARICOM on a whole have been grappling with the vagaries of climate change and the removal of trade preferences has had a negative impact on the banana industry. He said over the years the…

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96 thousand dollars were distributed Thursday among eleven female entrepreneurs from the government of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The small grants were awarded to the entrepreneurs who participated in the Women’s Empowerment Project funded by Taiwan through the Centre for Enterprise Development inc (CED). The project, which catered to twenty-seven (27) female entrepreneurs in two categories, is an initiative entitled ‘Assisting the Economic Empowerment of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in the Post-Pandemic of COVID-19’. The objective is to boost the country’s economy following the impact of the pandemic and maintain social stability by strengthening women’s…

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Farmers, workers and vulnerable persons in SVG including those impacted by the recent volcanic eruptions are expected to benefit from financial and other support from the government in time for Christmas 2021. The support programmes and their beneficiaries are outlined in a media release issued today by the office of the prime minister. Support through the Ministry of Social Development will see payment of a cash transfer of $800 to 3,247 World Food Programme (WFP) household beneficiaries, as a transition from the existing WFP programme to the Soufriere transitioning grant for December 2021. It said the one-time cash payment covers…

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As the SVG Teachers Union prepares for its mass picket in capital Kingstown, president Oswald Robinson, is urging all trade unions and Vincentians, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to be a part of the picket; against the government’s vaccination policy. Robinson noted that the union is a law-abiding organization, and they had written to the Commissioner of Police informing him of the union’s intention to protest today, along with a separate letter requesting permission to use amplified sound. Robinson also explained that the SVGTU wants to send a clear message for the government to put an end to its vaccination mandate and…

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The SVGTU president, is appealing to unvaccinated teachers to turn up to work, and not to abandon their jobs in the absence of a dismissal letter. Robinson said a number of their members who are yet to be vaccinated have reported that they are being told when they show up to work that they have been replaced. https://youtu.be/VxuiwZeWe7k

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Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is pleased with the functioning of schools across the country during the two day strike action called for by the SVG Teachers Union against the government’s vaccination policy. On NBC radio yesterday Prime Minister Gonsalves said the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education advised him on three occasions Tuesday that schools were opened and functioned well with teachers who were expected to turn up for face to face instructions showed up overwhelmingly. https://youtu.be/1AZmv7Tryr8 Noting that there are about 200 teachers who have not yet taken the COVID-19 jab, PM Gonsalves said of this number…

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Industrial Relations Officer of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Teacher’s Union Andrew John said the government’s vaccination policy is taking a toll on teachers and other affected workers. At a news conference yesterday, John shared the experiences of some teachers whom he said were expected to be at the conference to share their own experience but decided against doing so at the last minute. John spoke of one member of the SVGTU whom he said was attached to a government assisted secondary school who received a dismissal letter with no severance citing the Statutory Rule and Order. https://youtu.be/m_8RSfBXhw8 John said…

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1.5 million ec dollars will be allocated in the 2022 budget for the Promoting Youth Micro Enterprises (PRYME) Programme to assist the youth and other entrepreneurs who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the eruptions of La Soufriere volcano. So said Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves during a recently held virtual budget consultation. Minister Gonsalves said the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted entrepreneurship in SVG and the government is implementing new initiatives to assist young entrepreneurs. https://youtu.be/mTYXUZrGKxo The finance minister said they are also building community markets in the East St George constituency for young entrepreneurs to sell their…

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On NBC radio yesterday, Prime Minister Gonsalves give a breakdown of the stats for the categories of frontline and strategic workers who have not yet taken at least one dose of the available COVID-19 vaccines. In the hospital services 28 staff members have chosen not to take the jab and some have since sought religious or medical exemptions. They include 2 ward managers; 13 staff nurses; 7 nursing assistance and 6 nursing aides. In Immigration; two persons have not yet taken the jab, one was given a temporary exemption to do so by today and the other person sought religious…

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