Farmers could pay less for water

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Farmers who have long complained about the cost of doing business may soon pay less for water provided by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste said he intends to broker a deal with the statutory corporation so that farmers receive cheaper water or enter into partnership agreement to institute a payment plan.

We are working with APUA now to reduce the price of water, the water manager is now working with us. We are looking at a price that we can give to the farmers,” the minister told State Television on Monday.

The minister said he has, in the past, assisted farmers who owe significant amounts of money for water.He said they, too, have gotten a reprieve from the public utility company.

“We are doing some deals up there, but we need to make sure the cost of water for farmers is reduced.”

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