British High Commission donates equipment to Barbuda Council to help restore agricultural output

The Barbuda Council is the beneficiary of a donation from the British High Commission to strengthen its agricultural programme.

On Monday, February 14, Resident British Commissioner Lindsey Thompson made a donation of equipment, valued at over $30,000, to the Council.

Barbuda used to be known for its ability to produce high-quality peanuts.  However, due to infrastructural damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the island has not been able to resume planting of this crop.

The donated equipment will mitigate these hindrances, thereby providing another channel through which the Council can raise revenue.

During the handover ceremony, held at the Community Centre in Barbuda, Thompson said she was delighted, through the British High Commission, to support the people of Barbuda with their agricultural objectives.

She said she hopes this project puts the island back on the map for excellent local produce.

On hand to receive the donation was Council Chairman Mackenzie Frank and recently appointed Chairman of Agriculture Fabian Jones. Frank thanked Thompson for the generous donation and said he hopes “this will be the beginning of a very constructive relationship as we step into the future.”