At 24 meters tall and more than 14,000 sq ft, St Kitts and Nevis has opened the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean region in a project described as “a dream come true.”
That was expressed by Taiwan’s ambassador, Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, at a ceremony marking the official opening of the St Kitts Eco-Park (SKEP).
“Today, it is the season to reap what we have sown and it is time to elevate the bilateral cooperation between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its best ally, the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to a new height,” he told the crowd in a lively opening ceremony which included the governor general and prime minister.
The Eco-Park is a cooperation project between Taiwan and St Kitts-Nevis. It incorporates the successful integration of tourism, agriculture and renewable energy. It boasts what is termed a “4G” concept by being a greenhouse in a glass cabin that uses green energy, and showcases green beauty. Inside, numerous species of plants grow including local medicinal herbs, roses, butterfly orchids and more. A wide array of tropical fruit trees are spread out around the 20-acre compound. Several other buildings are also on site, including a business centre – all of which are powered by solar.
Minister of Agriculture Nigel Carty reflected on the groundbreaking for the SKEP in 2012 and marvelled at the transformation that has taken place.
“The Eco-Park signals the way forward for ecotourism and rural development,” he stated. “We are changing the rural landscape of St Kitts and Nevis. This is indeed real progress and real change for the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
“Together the government of St Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China should celebrate this great day. We have indeed made important strides towards ensuring that the people of St Kitts and Nevis in general have this grand opportunity to experience ecotourism, green technology and the development of a unique agro-tourism product, thanks to the work of the ROC and our government and the unfailing commitment to our people.”
The opening of the SKEP also signalled the opening of the St Kitts-Nevis and Taiwan Trade Show 2014. A number of products are on display from companies from both countries.
Credit: Caribbean News Now