Sint Eustatius – The Public Entity St. Eustatius resumed shipment of meat to Nevis through the Unit Veterinary Services St. Eustatius. A total of five thousand pounds of meat was exported to Nevis a week ago. The meat was processed for purchase at the Annual Agriculture Fair (Open Day) in Nevis.
The export sector was and still is significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, shipment of meat between St. Eustatius and Nevis did not take place. In 2021 the collaboration and planning between the Agriculture Department of Nevis and the Unit Veterinary Services St. Eustatius restarted. Both teams stratified a safe way to resume the cooperation. This strategy bared fruit and the shipment was able to take place under the existing COVID-19 protocols.
“For years we had a very close and professional working relationship with the twin island federation. This first shipment since the COVID-19 pandemic shows a high degree of resilience and regional cooperation”, says the Islands Veterinary Officer, Dr. Sharon Veira. “ Every year, before the pandemic” , Veira says, “ our neighboring island Nevis would purchase a large quantity of meat from our butchery. However, due to the pandemic and new regulations, this was not possible. After almost two years, we can now recommence this service.”
The exported meat is from animal owners but is also acquired under the roaming animals program. Following the free grazing animals control program, the Public Entity consistently removes animals across the island. Farmers also have the opportunity to reduce their livestock and bring the animals to the slaughterhouse, with the support of the Unit Veterinary Services by providing feed and wires.