Nearly 120 persons were allocated individual lots of lands for housing construction during an event at the Chatoyer National Park at Rabacca, on Saturday — Independence Day.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, in his independence address at Victoria Park in Kingstown, said his government’s programme of facilitating farmers who were accorded leases of agricultural lands to obtain freehold title for those lands, continues apace.
“And many, many farmers have been taking advantage to get the title to their land. I urge them to go to the Ministry of Lands and get on with their own lives with their own title,” he said.
Gonsalves said some 5,000 lots of land have been distributed to deserving beneficiaries since his government came to office in March 2001.
“This is absolutely remarkable. An explosion of housing in this country has occurred among the poor, the working people, the middle-income earners and young persons.”
He said that visitors to SVG comment all the time about the country’s wonderful housing infrastructure.
The prime minister said that in an effort to boost private sector investment in fishing, his government has decided to accord 100 per cent duty-free concessions to Vincentians purchasing fishing vessels.
“… we have to grow the fishing industry,” he said.
“This will, undoubtedly, stimulate substantial fishing. At the present time, the pirogues, not the big fishing vessels, which use outboard engines, they get 75 per cent duty-free concession,” he said in relation to the concessions that were already in place.