Agriculture gets new trucks

Minister for Agriculture Mr. Kurt Tibbetts and representatives from the Department of Agriculture received two new vehicles for the department’s fleet this week.

Agricuture new trucks turnover

New agriculture vehicles are handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture. From left: Acting Agriculture Superintendent Franklin Hinds; Director for Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services Dale Dacres; Minister for Agriculture the Hon. Kurt Tibbetts, Senior Animal Health Assistant Ronald Green; Chief Agriculture and Veterinary Officer Dr. Alfred Benjamin; and Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Kearney Gomez. Photo: Submitted

“I am pleased that the department has now been able to receive these long awaited units. These new vehicles will restore and further enhance the department’s capacity to deliver improved services to its clientele,’ Mr. Tibbetts said via a GIS press release.

A 2005 Ford Ranger XLT replaces a similar truck flooded-out during hurricane Ivan and is outfitted with a weatherproof veterinary bowie attachment which houses medical supplies, surgical equipment and other animal husbandry tools on the truck bed.

‘This vehicle acts as a mobile veterinary clinic and allows our animal health assistants to respond to calls from farmers who need medical and surgical assistance for their sick animals,’ said Chief Agriculture and Veterinary Officer, Dr. Alfred Benjamin. Cost for the truck was CI$34,450.

The 2006 Ford F250 Crew Cab diesel, an additional truck to the fleet, will be used by the agronomy and lands unit to deliver crop propagation and crop extension services to the farming community. Cost for this truck was CI$38,545.

Both vehicles were purchased locally from Vampt Motors.