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Estwick ‘a failure’ says Greenidge

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If the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St Philip West Dr David Estwick failed in his ministry, chances are he will fail to fulfil the needs of his constituents.

That was the advice of former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Philip North Rudolph “Cappy” Greenidge, who was one of the speakers at a BLP meeting in Six Roads, St Phillip on Friday night.

Greenidge said Dr Estwick made a mess of the agricultural industry and never once spoke on behalf of farmers in public domain. He told the residents of St Philip West that a parliamentarian who has failed in their ministry cannot represent his constituents properly.

“Agriculture is at its worst under David Estwick,” he said. “As the Minister, I would have wanted to hear how he was going to upgrade and upkeep the markets, the old Fairchild street market and Cheapside and so on.

“I would have wanted to hear about putting wasteland into cultivation. I would have wanted to hear about his plans for the future of the sugar industry and food security. Those are things I wanted to hear but not a word came out of his mouth.”

Greenidge said Dr Estwick did not address the serious issues of the sector, adding that it was a disgrace when Dr Estwick did not attend Agrofest to see the hard work of farmers and local craftsmen.

“James Paul is not a favourite of mine, but for me, he used to be talking as if he were the Minister of Agriculture. He would always talk about importation of chicken meat and small farmers but you never heard Estwick talk about them.” (SB)

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