Moses Jn Baptiste unleashes a blistering attack on Ezekiel Joseph

The former Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste has unleashed a blistering attack on his successor, accusing Ezekiel Joseph of sitting on his “backside” while the rest of the OECS islands move to diversify their Agricultural sectors.

Jn Baptiste, the MP for Vieux Fort North, made the remarks at a St Lucia Labour Party meeting on the Castries market steps Tuesday night.

He described Ezekiel Joseph as a “lazy man doing nothing”.

“Right now St Vincent and Dominica are shipping dasheen and other produce to the northern Caribbean while Ezekiel Joseph is sitting on his backside, a lazy man doing nothing, and all he’s saying is that he’s going to plant bananas,” Jn Baptiste said to loud cheers from the audience.

“The man is a lazy man,” he continued.

Mr. Jn Baptiste said the government had abandoned an ambitious plan to diversity St Lucia’s agricultural sector by shipping produce to islands in the Northern Caribbean and the United States.

He was referring to the virtual OECS Agri-Export Working group which began in June 2016.

Since the start of the initiative, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has shipped 3,325 50lb boxes of dasheen to the United States; and Dominica, on its first shipment, successfully exported a 20ft container comprising 425 50lb boxes of dasheen, according to a statement released last week by the OECS Secretariat.

Jn Baptiste said Ezekiel Joseph has the worst record in agriculture in St Lucia

He stated that, under the St Lucia Labour Party government, local agricultural sales to the hotels and supermarkets had increased.

He said public servants with a proven record of success in the Agricultural industry, who are now being sought after by other Caribbean islands, were fired by Ezekiel Joseph because he believes they are Labour party supporters.

He questioned whether the government had a plan for Agriculture in St Lucia.


  1. Randy
    June 28, 2017 at 11:15 am

    It more sound like u running your backside uselessly. Stop dividing the ppl and help save the country u pretending to love so much. smh

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Bet you weren’t saying that when the now administration was in opposition

  2. Luciano
    June 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Yes so ture the guys in red just mouth talkers you out stay out you bag of nonsense.

  3. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 11:33 am

    So the St.Lucia Marketing Board, what did you Moses do about it when your administration was in power.

    Now a question for all politicians especially for Moses
    What have you’ll done to successful attract young persons into agriculture.
    If young persons are not interested, did you’ll just sit on you backsides and continue to sing that young people are not interested?
    Did you Moses explore out of the box ideas on how agriculture can be more attractive to a wider demographic especially younger persons?
    I don’t think people really understand the money that is to be made from agriculture.
    The question is, did any one of you’ll successfully sensitize the general pubic on these opportunities?
    All of you’ll are tired, who need to take a back seat and let persons with ideas that can disrupt the agriculture industry.
    Yes we need disruptive ideas not medicore, comfortable ideas.
    Then we will be in business.

    So Moses sorry to say, but by your record you fall in the lazy category too.

  4. As It Is
    June 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    The majority of us will sit there and say government not doing stuff. When the government try stuff how many persons actually show up.
    1. UWP reinstated the SLDB which gives loans for development, find out how many proposals were received and for what businesses.

    2. There was a cry to get started on pork production. What happened?
    3. Become a certified farmer, what happened?
    4. What did CFL organise to assist the diversification gap?
    5. Whats our poultry quota of local chicken to be sold locally?

    Man the majority of our “FARMERS” are now skilled labourers, old men, and dead. The new generation still dont want to plant food. Can you help with an innovative idea to convince the majority to start looking in the direction of farming?

    So please dont just make comments and cast out what is the real truth.

    Imagine, many new HOTELS. Whos going to feed them and where is it coming from?

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      So the question remains.
      When you are faced with what you have outlined above that the results were not as expected, what did they do to get it to where they wanted it to be?

  5. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Now I am starting to loose all my confidence in the St Lucia Time. You mean a Minister was in govt for 5 years (not for the first time) did nothing to diversify agriculture. Now in 1 year you want this minister to do it. Does that make sense “St Lucia Times”? I am not surprise because Mr. Jn Baptiste don’t seem to understand what he reads or he is just deceitful.He claimed to be the expert with the Equine disease Free Zone and misled the nation on this issue. The Press Release on the Dasheen and the OECS dated 22 June 2017 read ” “Agricultural Revolution underway in the OECS”. Wouldn’t our Minister be involved in that revolution? Why wasn’t it done under his Ministry the last 5 years in govt. MUSA has become and embarrassment.

  6. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    WE could not have shipped because YOU as Minister of agriculture prior to June of 2016 did nothing to help or encourage the dasheen farmer. Now you are blaming the 1 year old Min of Agriculture. Diversification takes times.
    Anyway, you are in were in your comfort zone, where you are aware that you listeners are those people that you and your government kept poor and unlearned. No better is expected.

  7. EER
    June 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    The WHOLE agricultural belt voted this administration into office.HAVE ANYTHING BEEN DONE FOR AGRICULTURE IN THE LAST YEAR? THIS ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO WHIP THE DEAD HORSE CALLED BANANAS. We cannot compete in the world banana market and we must admit that so we must diversify. When a new ministers of agriculture feels threatened by the workers in his ministry because they are better qualified than him then the ministry is in BIG trouble. this minister has NO knowledge of how to be an administrator cause he would be able to use the skills and knowledge of the persons in the ministry to get the BEST job done

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Has anything been done for agriculture over the past years?
      What significant strides were made in this industry over the past years or during the last administration?
      As far as I am concerned NO ONE has come up with anything innovative in the past years. NO ONE.

  8. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Sour loosers zot fini come next election we will .ake sure we put a surly end you Musa and his crooked comradry

    1. A Voter
      June 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Lmao.. You are a gardir. Lol. You have a crystal ball, eh. The UWP won’t last this full term. Lol.

      1. Anonymous
        June 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm

        In your mouth

  9. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Politicians all talk no action from both sides . Help the damn poor farmers and stop politicizing everything .

  10. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Kenny and his band of outlaws plus UWP is equal to nothing. Even though you minus one from the other you still get nothing. Not even a variance. We need divine intervention…

    And a whole pack of citizens went to the market steps to listen to more garbage…Know what? he politicians went home and said “yes we getting them again, lets continue to talk about things they don’t understand and can’t make an informed decision”

  11. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Tired of all the politicians in this country we need the youth to step up to the plate and take their rightful position to run this country. They must have the vision and the love for the people and the country. Don’t get into politics for party and to tow the lines of De party. I think we need a coalition government. Persons from different parties and not the red or the yellow. Tired of all this back and forth and pontificating from both sides. The people need to see things objectively and stop supporting blindly their Party and all that it says and does. Stop making the politicians demi gods, they are only human. Put God first!!!!

  12. A Voter
    June 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Lol, Moses go easy on Ezekiel. He has done nothing for the farmers except earning a salary on false pretence. Lol. Come on Ezekiel fat face pig 🐽. Lol. Who you think you fooling? Lol

  13. A Voter
    June 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Lol..I had to laugh when Ezekiel tried to fool the farmers about shipping bananas to Martinique and France. Mantir. Lol
    Now the changed it to next year. What a failed and lying UWPs. No on believes anything they say. Lol

    1. Anonymous
      June 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      And you mean UWP won an election? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
      If no believes anything UWP says and they voted them in, it leaves me to wonder what a very sorry state the SLPs are.
      Zort tobay bien bar. LOL

      1. A Voter
        June 28, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Of course we have fallen low.. Look at what they voted for. Lol. A bunch of Liars, voleurs and thugs. Lol
        You should be ashamed if yourself. Lol
        And Ubaldus

      2. Anonymous
        June 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

        Poor you it must be such a hard pill to swallow.
        Good luck complaining for 4 more years oops I meant 9 more years.

  14. Coca Bwapen
    June 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Well to be fair they shipped breadfruits to the UK under Ezekiel’s watch but it was a diversified crop of breadfruits and cocaine!

  15. Anonymous
    June 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    All of them jobs jobs where is it I think is crime crime crime come on let’s solve this poblem a bunch of losers some politicain lie to get in power how can yoll solve crime and it’s getting worse day by day not all shall be fooled those that vote not me not sense that going on no laptops and a five hundred would help the poor people that can’t afford none wat are we going to do not kill people alone no jobs that’s why put jobs all a them is for they pocket get fat alone and crime increasing twenty nine people is dead in the middle of the year uh say truth truth right speak it

  16. Terence Joseph
    June 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I believe the new administration just have to work and let Slp make noise, it’s just barely a year since you in office. I believe they making you all wise. Use all they obstacles to step up. Don’t be distract.

  17. Anonymous
    June 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Why you did not ship the dasheen