Kingstown, Jan. 18, 2018 – The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has donated 3000 fruit trees to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as part of an ongoing post-Hurricane Irma recovery process.
The package includes guava, breadfruit, mango and soursop to a variety of plum and sugar apple plants.
On September 6, 2017, a category 5 Hurricane Irma made a direct hit on the British Virgin Islands, flattening most of the plant life across the Islands. The storm left ruptured the territory’s infrastructure leaving millions in damage and claimed four lives. Some communities are still today waiting to have electricity supply restored, as the recovery process continues.
On September 13th, 2017, a Vincentian Government Delegation comprising Agriculture Minister Hon. Saboto Caesar and then Minister of Economic Planning, Hon. Camilo Gonsalves along with three (3) technicians made a post-Hurricane Irma visit to the BVI.
Agriculture Minister Hon. Saboto Caesar says a commitment was made during that September 2017 visit to provide BVI with planting material to assist the territory with its fruit tree re-planting program.
An official handover of the relief supplies took place today, January 18, 2018, at the Cabinet Room in Kingstown. The event hosted by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Hon. Saboto Caesar, was attended by technicians visiting SVG as part of a project to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with several community-based organizations.