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MEETING WITH THE HON. MARK BRANTLEY

It was a huge pleasure to meet with the Hon. Mark Brantley over lunch in April.

Mr Brantley remains committed to the project and has assured Arnova that he will facilitate the correspondence with the Japananese OAD funding as well as the Ministry’s commitment to honour the 100 000 dollars for the project. This has since been submitted to Cabinet. In Min. Brantley’s own words:

“Today I had lunch with Vernon Gibbs Hall, a primate expert, who has been tasked by Minister Jeffers and the Ministry of Agriculture to bring some relief to Nevisian farmers and households from the monkey problem plaguing the island. This CCM led NIA committed to deal decisively with this problem and has embarked on an ambitious program to do so. It was a most educational experience.

The approach being taken among other things is to cultivate alternative feeding habits for the monkeys. So feeding stations well away from farms and residential areas have been set up and these are replenished at intervals. The idea is that if the monkeys can find food at such feeding stations then they are less likely to forage for food in inhabited areas or at local farms. I was told that this is going extremely well with the support of local hotels, farmers and restaurants who provide expired fruit and scraps to replenish the feeding stations. Additionally, fruit trees such as mangoes, pawpaw etc are being replanted in the mountains in a reforestation effort to provide natural food sources for the monkeys in their usual habitat. Nrvisians will remember that monkeys started coming closer to us when Hurricane Hugo devastated the forests in the mountains in 1989 wiping out their food sources. Shortly a capture spey and neuter campaign will start to retard population growth over time. Farmers in Cades Bay have also been provided with electric fencing to guard against monkeys. While tourists love to see monkeys, feeding them is a major negative as this encourages them to seek food closer to human populations. I left feeling very encouraged that the NIA has the absolutely right approach and Mr Gibbs HallS is the right expert to finally dealing with this problem in a humane way. The fix won't happen overnight but if we stick to the well thought out plan Nevis will over time get much needed relief.”


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