February 2, 2007
New agricultural office opens in Walliabou

“We want this place to provide support to the farmers, in that they would gain the confidence to stay in Agriculture and improve,” said outgoing Chief Agricultural Officer Philmore Isaacs while speaking at the opening of the new Agricultural Office at Walliabou last week Thursday.

In his address Deputy Prime Minister and area representative Sir Louis Straker expressed delight at the building being located in his constituency and urged the staff to care and upkeep the building and facilities. Agriculture Minister Montgomery Daniel also addressed the gathering.{{more}}

Agricultural Officer Dan Richards who is also the officer in charge told SEARCHLIGHT “This would be a hub for all agricultural activities from Lowmans Hill to Windsor Forest”. The building contains offices, a conference room, a kitchen and cafetaria and will have a resident staff of six.

Majory Bobb, a 70-year-woman of Barrouallie who lost her entire right arm in an accident while working at the arrowroot mills on the Walliabou Estate in 1952, cut the ribbon to open the new building.

The two-storey building was designed by Moulton Mayers Architects based on the wooden structure it replaced. Construction was done by George Barbour of Barrouallie at a total cost of EC$310,000.