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Restoration work to take place at St. Kitts Eco-Park; possibly an agro-tourism hub with the growing of cannabis

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Government of St.Kitts and Nevis is seeking to further enhance the agro-tourism sector by undertaking restoration work at the St.Kitts Eco Park.

Minister of Tourism-Hon. Marsha Henderson during the 2023 Budget Debate disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism will be collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to accelerate the process of a local Medicinal Cannabis Industry by transforming the St. Kitts Eco-Park into farmlands for cannabis.

“The Ministry of Agriculture is going to work with us to build back the Eco-Park, possibly with the introduction of Cannabis; growing it there and selling it as a product, a niche market to our visitors on the Scenic Railway stop. Over the last few years after the transition of the management from the Republic of China-Taiwan to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the quality of the Park from 2018 has diminished tremendously. In fact Madam Speaker, I was saddened when I walked there with the Honourable Member from Number 4 and I saw how overgrown it was. We agreed that we will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for the management of the park with the Ministry of Tourism with responsibility for the workers- the administrative aspect and the Ministry of Agriculture would be responsible for the actual farming and bringing the Park to the quality it was before.”

According to the Minister of Tourism, the estimates for salaries show an increase of about EC $700,000 which is allocated to convert the workers at the St.Kitts Eco-Park from the Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP) to auxiliary workers. She said the estimates also include funds to ensure the upkeep of the Park.

In his 2023 Budget Address, Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew said the Federal Administration intends to take a more responsible and citizen-friendly approach of first researching and then selecting a unique set of policies to govern the Cannabis industry. Beyond policy, Drew said consultations will be had with the people to assess the gap between public expectations and industry deliverables.

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