Montserratian farmers and fishers rewarded during Agriculture Week 2013
A number of farmers and fisherfolk in Montserrat have been recognized for their contribution towards the goal of making their island self-sufficient.
Minister of Agriculture Easton Taylor-Farrell commended them for their diligence and hard work to improving Montserrat’s self-sufficiency. He challenged them to continue and to create collaborations to support each other and offer affordable produce and fish to the marketplace.
The 20 local farmers and fishers were awarded at the closing of the recent Agriculture Week Market Day at the public market in Little Bay.
Delia Menzies-Pond walked away with first prize for the Ministry of Agriculture’s second Backyard Gardening Competition. Second place went to Malika Cassimay, Gilroy Halley took third place, while Bernadine Collins and Romane McCarter captured the fourth and fifth spots respectively.
Special prizes were also awarded to several famers. They are Julian Daniel for most innovative farming, Randall Gibbons for best land utilization and Clive Lane – most organized farmer.
In the Hoop House category Meredith Blake won first place; Mrs Kasim won second prize and Donna Henry took third place. The St Augustine Primary School and Yolanda Royer captured fourth and fifth place respectively.
The fishers who were recognized for their sterling contribution to the fisheries sector for many years are John Lee, Thomas Galloway, Hal Greenaway, Ivason “Jim” Fagan, Jack Allen, Raymond Allen and Reginald “Fred” Blake.