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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is a Department under the Premier's Office of the Government of the Virgin Islands.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is responsible for ensuring food is safe, nutritionally sound, produced and harvested in an environmentally sustainable manner that builds resilience to internal and external shocks while contributing to the economic growth, social well-being and protection of the natural environment.  

Vision

To be the key agency in the Virgin Islands for sustainable food security.

Mission

To ensure sustainable production, harvest and supply of safe, high quality food by regulating the agricultural and fisheries sectors.

Our Values

We share the ethical values of the Virgin Islands Public Service, and pledge to be:

  •  Committed - Striving to give our best to every task.
  •  Responsive - Responding effectively to the needs of our clients.
  •  Supportive - Upholding all that is valid or right, giving emotional and moral support to clients and staff.
  •  Respectful - Showing courtesy, consideration, and deference for our clients’ requests.
  •  Open - Being accessible to all clients and staff.
  •  Diligent - Serving our clients with professionalism in a practical, conscientious, rigorous, and timely manner.
  •  Honest - Behaving ethically with integrity, loyalty and candour.
 

List of Services

Agriculture Services | Fisheries Services 

 

List of Forms and Conditions

List of Agriculture Forms | List of Fisheries Forms | Conditions of Importation

Units within the Department

 

Employment Opportunities Within The Department

Closing Date
Agricultural/Fisheries Officer I

Agricultural/Fisheries Officer I

Role Summary

The successful applicant will assist the agricultural sector in agronomy, produce and development matters in order to facilitate the sustainable growth of the agricultural sector in the Territory.

Main Responsibilities

1. Assist with the design and implementation of long term strategies in order to be responsive to the needs of the Agricultural sector.
2. Attend meetings, workshops and training sessions as instructed to ensure awareness of any changes in policies or procedures relevant to the role.
3. Coordinate seminars, meetings and events; attend, record and report as required.
4. Assist in the collection and tabulation of damage assessments and identify markets for farmers and provide suitable prices for farmers in order to facilitate the sustainability of the Agricultural sector.
5. Assist with research as required for the formulation of reports, developments or amendment of legislation.
6. Perform any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science or related field
  • Two (2) years related experience
  • Valid BVI driver’s license required
  • Good knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of applicable policies, regulations and laws
  • Good knowledge of basic/routine surgical and medication procedures
  • Good knowledge of abattoir operations and meat inspection procedures
  • Good knowledge of common animal diseases/food borne and zoonotic disease/recognition of important and common disease causing organisms; diagnosis, treatment/management, control/prevention.
  • Good knowledge of animal related disease: significant, diagnosis and treatment/control/prevention
  • Good knowledge of animal behaviour as well as physical and chemical restraint
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
Closing Date:
26 August 2022
26 August 2022
Agricultural/Fisheries Assistant I

Agricultural/Fisheries Assistant I

Role Summary

The successful applicant will assist in providing technical advice to farmers and backyard gardeners on aspects of crop production, pest and disease control, and farm management. Assists in verifying documentation and examination of fruits, vegetables, plants, ground provision, etc. to prevent the introduction of foreign pest and diseases from entering the Territory. Assists in the collection of data for crop damage assessment

Main Responsibilities

  1. Assist with crop damage assessments and provide technical advice and assistance in establishing and managing school gardens to ensure the correct advice is given to farmers in a professional manner.
  2. Assist with publications and mounting of exhibitions as well as liaising with other departments and divisions in Agriculture regarding the promotion of agricultural related activities to ensure the Department is well organised and advertised.
  3. Assist with the maintenance/updating of Farmer’s Register with detailed farmers’ profiles to ensure appropriate records are maintained.
  4. Provide technical advice to farmers and backyard gardeners on aspects of crop production, pest and disease control, farm management and relevant record keeping to achieve the Department’s objectives in a timely and professional manner.
  5. Assist with farmers training in improved production systems and identify farming constraints and liaise with other agencies and divisions to solve these issues in a timely and professional manner.
  6. Perform any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certificate in General Agricultural Science or related area
  • Two (2) years working experience in the Agricultural sector or related area
  • Valid BVI driver’s license required
  • Good knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of agricultural practices, theory and principles and techniques in modern crop production
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
Closing Date:
26 August 2022
26 August 2022

Department Contact Information

To make contact with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, see below for contact information:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Paraquita Bay,
Tortola, Virgin Islands (British) VG1120

Business Hours:

General Office - Paraquita Bay and Virgin Gorda - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Abattoir - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Airport - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Email Address: agriculturebvi@gov.vg, fisheries@gov.vg

General Office (Paraquita Bay) - 1(284) 468-6123/6124
Veterinary Unit  - 1 (284) 468 - 6197
Virgin Gorda Office - 1(284) 468-6506/6507
Airport Office - 1(284) 468-6449