St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Monkeys continue to be a problem for farmers in St. Kitts and Nevis and there seems to be very few options or solutions to the challenge. For years, farmers have deemed monkeys to be pests that destroy crops, eat fruits and cause major damage to their produce. The Agriculture authorities in Nevis, while not giving up on finding a solution seem to have run out of ideas, as they complain of the fast growth in the monkey population.
WINN spoke recently to Communications Officer of the Agriculture Department in Nevis Eric Evelyn and Al Edwards of the St. Kitts Agriculture Department about the monkey challenge.
The green vervet monkeys originally arrived is St Kitts when the French occupied the island between 1665 and 1690. The monkeys fed on vegetation and the climate proved favorable to their survival. The population also grew at a rapid pace. According to a study done by a primate specialist two years ago, the monkey population in St. Kitts and Nevis was about 23,000, with between 7000 and 8000 in Nevis and about 15,000 on St. Kitts.
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