Next Heroes Day to honor farming sector

Heroes Day 2016 will honor pioneers from Cayman’s farming communities, according to the National Heroes Day Committee. 

The committee will begin accepting nominations in early September. Members of the public will be asked to nominate people who have made significant contributions to agriculture in the Cayman Islands over the decades.  

The agricultural theme will encompass the growing of fruit and vegetables, as well as the rearing of poultry and animals, according to the committee. 

“I am pleased that agriculture has been chosen for National Heroes Day 2016, and I am looking forward to the public getting involved to help recognize those men and women who have contributed to this increasingly important sector; indeed, a sector that has been the historical basis of the development of Cayman Islands,” Minister of Agriculture Kurt Tibbetts said in a statement released by the Ministry of Agriculture. Farmers are eligible to be nominated for the following awards: 

Early Pioneer: A person who made significant contributions to the early development and delivery of agriculture throughout the Cayman Islands prior to 1960. 

Pioneer: A person (alive or deceased) who made significant contributions to agriculture from 1960 to 2004.  

Emerging Pioneer: A person who made significant contributions to agriculture from 2004 to present.  

Memorial Scroll: A person who is deceased who was a leader, long serving member or significant contributor to agriculture.  

Long Service Award: A person (living) who may not have been a leader, but rather a long serving person in agriculture, who has contributed for 10 years or more.  

The government’s Protocol Office and the Ministry of Culture organizes the annual National Heroes Day ceremony. Next year’s ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 25. 

Cayman’s farmers are recognized each year at the ever-popular annual Agriculture Show for their produce and livestock. Members of the public will be asked to give them even greater recognition in next year’s National Heroes Day, which will honor pioneers of the local farming community.