The Ministry of Agriculture Lands, Housing & the Environment
Queen Elizabeth and Independence Highway
(268) 462 -1007/8, 462 -0027, 562-5596
FAX: (268) 462-6104, (268) 562 -1303
Minister Of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment: Honorable Hilson Baptiste
Tel : 268 -562-4679
Fax : 268-562 -1303
Minister Of State: Honorable Chanlah Codrington
Permanent Secretary: Sharon Peters
Tel: 268 -462 -1213
Fax:268 -462 -6104
Principal Assistant Secretary: Annell Nicholas
Tel: 268 -462-1007 ext 250
Acting Director Of Agriculture: Jedidiah Maxime
Tel : 268 -460 -9818
Fax: 268 -462-4962
Cell: 268 -764 -1259
Acting Deputy Director Of Agriculture: Astley Joseph
Communications Co-ordinator: Onika Campbell
268-462-1007 ext 246
Stations Cordinator – Dandridge Joseph
Technical Consultant: Julius Ross
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
Dr Malverne Spencer: Director of Analytical Services
Alec Goodwin: General Manager ADC
Dr. Oona Edwards Chief Veterinary Officer
Charlesworth Grant: CHAPA
Denzil Solomon: DCA
Algernon Grant/Adriel Thibou: Forestry
Dalma Hill: Central Marketing Corporation
Vernon Bird: Survey Department
Terrence Joseph: Equipment Pool
Astley Joseph: Livestock Officer
Dandridge Joseph: Manager, Christian Valley Station
Irose Henry : Cades Bay Station Manager
Ricky Christopher : Green Castle Station Manager
Caswall Joseph: Cotton Division
Dr. Janil Gore –Francis: Plant Protection Officer
Diann Black -Layne : Chief Environment Officer
Owolabi Elabanjo: Extension Officer
Sereno Benjamin: Extension Officer
Cheryl Jeffrey –Appleton: Chief Fisheries Officer
Philmore James: Deputy Fisheries Officer
Onika Campbell : Communications Co-ordinator
Dessie Joseph : Urlings Fisheries Complex, Manager
The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment Description
The Lands Division
2nd Floor Ministry of Agriculture Headquarters
Queen Elizabeth Highway
(268)462-5576 or (268) 462-8824
Fax (268) 462 -6104
The Lands Division has the responsibility for the reallocation of subdivision of government lands to residential, agricultural and industrial uses and consequently has a major role to play in the conversion of land to non-agricultural uses. The Division also collects payment on sale of some lands as well as administrators leases on others.
The lands division is also responsible for the overall management and administration of properties owned by the state:
- o Preparation and recommendations of policy guidelines for the sustainable management of Crown Lands.
- o Processing of applications for purchase/lease of crown lands
- o Collection of revenue from sales and or lease and rental of crown lands
- o Processing legal transfers for properties sold by government
- o Collaboration with the ministries and agencies on the identification and designation of land for various uses
- o Processing of non-citizens application for licenses.
What is Crown Land: Any of the following can be defined as Crown Property:
- o Road and public ways maintained by the state, seashores; lands reclaimed from the sea; ports; harbours and all territories which are not private property.
- o Wells; streams and other defined water courses
- o All abandoned sugar estate properties; fortifications (including gates and walls).
Procedures for acquiring Crown Lands through the Lands Division:
- o Application are required to submit a written application
- o Application is validated
- o An acknowledgement letter is sent back to the applicant
- o Site inspection is carried out by the land inspector
- o A report is then forwarded to the chief lands officer
- o Once approved, a “request to survey” is forwarded to the chief surveyor
- o An authenticated copy of the survey plan is issued upon completion
- o Al allocation letter is then prepared and issued to the applicant
NB: In case of lands for commercial purposes, a copy of the business plan should accompany the application.
Central Housing & Planning Authority (CHAPA)
All Saints Road
462-0169 or 462-2033 or 462-9670
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHAPA) advice on suitable sites, rehabilitates houses in the event of disaster (primarily hurricanes), develops new housing tracts, and redevelops blighted areas.
The Environment Division
The Environment Division
#1 Prime Minister Drive, Tel (268) 462-4625/462-0651
Fax (268) 462-6398/462-2836/460-6093
Environment Crime Hotline
The Environment Division is headed by a chief Environment Officer who directs several officers with varying responsibilities. The ED coordinates many projects and programs streaming from the international environmental conventions (CCC, CCD, CBD), and sources funding from a number of international agencies (WB, GEF,UNDP etc) to finance and assist the nation of Antigua & Barbuda to fulfill its international obligation to international environmental conventions.
Educational outreach is an important function of the ED and in this regard the Education Officers Conducts environmental workshops (Climate Change, bio-diversity) in many local schools.
The Environment Division provides grants to community groups who are interested in sensitizing residents on varying environmental issues.
Point Wharf Fisheries Complex
Tel: International: 268 462 1372
Local: 268 -462 -6106
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .ag
November 1996), the overall goals of the fisheries sector are to:
- develop and increase the potential of marine living resources to meet human nutritional needs, as well as social, economic and development goals; and
- maintain or restore populations of marine species at levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield as qualified by relevant environmental and economic factors, taking into consideration relationships among species.
Specific objectives of fisheries management include:
- ensuring that the fishing industry is integrated into the policy- and decision-making process concerning fisheries and coastal zone management;
- taking into account traditional knowledge and interests of local communities, small-scale artisanal fisheries and indigenous people in development and management programmes;
- ensuring effective monitoring and enforcement with respect to fishing activities;
- promoting scientific research with respect to fisheries resources;
- protecting and restoring endangered marine species;
- promoting the development and use of selective fishing gear and practices that minimize waste in the catch of target species and minimize by-catch of non-target species;
- cooperating with other nations in the management of shared or highly migratory stocks; and
- preserving rare or fragile ecosystems, as well as habitats and other ecologically sensitive areas, especially coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds, and other spawning and nursery areas.
The Forestry Unit (FU)
Ministry Of Agriculture Headquarters
The Forestry Unit, which is responsible for wildlife, falls under the department of Agriculture. The Forestry Unit is the official governmental agency in Antigua & Barbuda that is responsible for the conservation and management of the nation’s terrestrial biological diversity.
The Livestock Division
Paynters, St Georges
The Livestock Division has the responsibility, for the management and development of livestock programs in collaboration with the local livestock farmers.
The Agricultural Extension Division
The Agricultural Extension Division (AED) is responsible for farmers and also for the allocation of state lands to farmers for agricultural purposes (based on rentals). In order to allocate new lands for agricultural purposes, the AED, however, must first obtain permission from the LAD. The Chief Extension Officer has the authority to rent crown lands not exceeding two (2) hectares in size. Land plots exceeding (2) hectares are to be leased by the lands Division.
Services Offered By the AED
Maintaining settlement roads and drains within watershed
Facilitating the removal of beehives and the control of swarms
Providing advice on agricultural production, pests and disease management –this may be done in collaboration with other Departments or Agencies.
Allocating lands for agricultural purposes
Settling disputes concerning agricultural lands
Ensure that lands are used for the purpose obtained
Evicting delinquent farmers from agricultural lands
Government Chemist Laboratories
The Government chemist Laboratories performs analytical work in the areas of water and soil analyses to assist both crop and livestock farmers and also officers in the various departments.
The Development Control Authority (DCA)
1st Floor Ministry of Agriculture Headquarters
268 (462-2038) or 462 -6426/7
The Development Control Authority (DCA) is responsible for regulating:
Design and construction
The Town & Country Planner is the executive officer of the Authority for the administration and operation of system planning. Essentially the Town & Country Planner.
Reviewing and studying matters pertaining to planning the use and development of land in Antigua & Barbuda
Signing and issuing all development permits, refusals of development permission, enforcing notices and other documents related to the DCA ACT.
Central Marketing Corporation (CMC)
Kentish Road 462-1491 or 462-2569 FAX 462-4723
Table Hill Gardens Agricultural 460-3650
Greencastle Agricultural Station 462-0056
Central Cotton Station 462 -0418 or 462 -1009
Agricultural Ext Division Valley Road 462 -1065
Point Wharf 462 -1372
Crop Research Unit 462 -3871
Chemistry & Food Technology 462-4373
Survey Department, Perry Bay 462 -2814 or 462-2821