A pig farm that appears to be operating without Town and Country permission is causing a big stink in Lower Applewhaites, St. George.
Member of Parliament for St George North Gline Clarke said despite attempts to have owner, Gregory Forde remedy the situation, the foul odor is still evident in the area.
“They have tried over the last couple of months but very little improvement has been made. Today is not a bad day as I have not smelt it like how I smelt it last week when the smell was offensive,” said Clarke.
The MP said he has contacted the Health and Wellness ministry about the situation.
“It is not my duty to want to interfere with a business to close it. But it must have permission,” Clarke said.
“It is incumbent on the Ministry especially the Ministry of Health and Wellness to do something about it. They need to set regulations and standards.”
One outspoken resident, Beverley Forte, told Barbados TODAY she has sent letters to the Health and Finance ministries, telling them how the illicit pig farm is affecting them.
She showed us another letter dated September 17th written by member of the Residents’ Association, asking that the farm be shut down if it does not have permission to operate.
“[He] is washing down, he is disinfecting, and it is not working. There are not as many pigs as before but still the smell coming morning, noon and night. So, we need that pig farm closed down. There are no two ways about it. It needs to be closed,” Forte said.
Residents and the MP are hoping to have the situation remedied before Christmas.