Basseterre, St Kitts: Outstanding payments were made to the final batch of farmers in St. Kitts who suffered loss of livestock due to dermatophilosis, a skin disease caused by a parasite commonly known as the tropical bont tick.
Giron Hanley, Josh Williams and Sandy Harris were the final of many livestock farmers who
received financial compensation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine
Resources during a recently held cheque handing ceremony at the Ministry of Agriculture’s
Conference Room in Government Headquarters.
Acting Director at the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Tracey Challenger and Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Lesroy Henry presented the cheques to the farmers following in-depth discussions with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ron Dublin-Collins.
Livestock farmer, Keith Williams received his cheque at the end of the ceremony.
Overall, nearly E.C$500,000.00 has been paid out by the government to assist livestock farmers and protect livestock production since the tick infestation impacted the agricultural sector in 2019. In addition, four million dollars’ worth of Bayticol, the pesticide that kills ticks on infected animals, has since been distributed to the farmers free of cost since September 2018.
The compensation allowed farmers to rebuild their livestock numbers as they continue to
repurchase animals and has also helped to support the purchase of agricultural products.