CAPISTERRE FARM PROJECT
|Location||St. Pauls, St. Kitts|
|Date Approved||March 1, 2010|
|Total Project Cost||EC $7,000,000.00|
|Amount Funded||EC $1,359,142.57|
|Project Co-ordinator||Stuart Versailles|
|Project Applicant||Capisterre Farm|
Located in St. Paul’s - the heart of the former sugar belt - on the eastern side of St. Kitts, is Capisterre Farm, a 113 acre Farm established to create employment for displaced sugar workers and help achieve the goal of food security. Established in March 2010, Capisterre Farm is funded by SIDF with a total investment of EC$7,000,000 to be disbursed over five years.
Fifty (50) acres of farm land is currently under cultivation and divided into two sections - fruit trees and vegetable crops. The Farm grows a variety of crops such as pineapples, watermelons, seasoning peppers, cabbage, peanuts, yams, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, dasheen and bananas. These are mainly supplied to supermarkets, vendors, hotels and restaurants; however, individuals may purchase directly from the Farm for household consumption. Capisterre Farm’s mandate is to ensure a year-round supply of high quality fruits and vegetables and reduce the cost of food by selling its products at very affordable prices
The Farm presently employs 20 persons and is managed by Stuart Versailles. Technical support is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Economic and Social Benefits
- Creates employment in the rural communities
- Provides year-round supply of high quality fruits and vegetables for households, retail outlets, hotels and restaurants
- Provides a reliable supply of foods at affordable prices
- Boosts production through use of new technologies and processes
- Supplements the food demand of Kittitian Hill