Former prime minister, Tillman Thomas is suggesting that the current administration should do more towards the preservation of the island’s rich shipwright industry.
Mr Thomas says that for several generations now Carriacou and Petite Martinique have been recognized as islands with a special attachment to the boat building trade. However, he says, as time changes, more people seem to be avoiding getting involved in the preservation of this high-skill profession.
The former prime minister who visited the boat building community of Windward and interacted with local boat builders describes the activity as an important aspect of the islands’ culture that has tremendous economic benefits for the sister isles. But, he says if the government does not rescue the trade now, it could get lost in the future.
“This is where you need young people like Imani workers to be learning a trade from these seasoned and well-qualified shipwrights suggested the former prime minister.
Mr. Thomas also thinks the government could do more to ensure that there is better support for those in the farming industry especially now that there is a rejection of meat coming from Brazil.
Carriacou he said was once the hub for ruminants and this is a time when the government should be seeking proper markets as an incentive for people to return to the industry.
“Carriacou has great potential to increase our food security from the point of view of both livestock and vegetables.
“We have a first class abattoir on the mainland and this must be linked with Carriacou”, said Mr Thomas who served as prime minister from 2008 to 2013.