I suspect that not one of but a number of these industries will be the answer and diversification will happen. "I am going to grow irish potatoes, sweet peppers and onions on my land," said one sugar cane farmer climbing out of his tractor wearing his SSMC teeshirt, "the Marriott takes all the local vegetables it can get".
The Marriott hotel is the largest on St.Kitts with over six hundred rooms, and currently imports most of its fruit and vegetables, simply because there is not enough local produce to fulfill its needs. A couple of other Kittitian farmers were not so prepared to face the future, "there's not enough in tourism for us all, who is going to help us? They're not telling us anything, we don't know even if we're getting the redundancy" says one, anger behind his smile.
The Kittitian technician who grades the sugar crystals and molasses at the vacuum vats using a sighting window and a test cylinder which is thrust periodically through a tube into the centre of the vat and withdrawn capturing a spoonful of steaming mix, explains that the Grade C vat has been shutdown.
"Why" I mouth as opposed to speaking out loud as it is almost impossible to hold a conversation against the background of roaring furnaces, steam engines, conveyor belts, bubbling vats and general steam engine machinery noise.
He bends over and speaks in my ear "Because the factory is closing, and we are only producing high grade sugar at the end." He is a young man, and shrugs ruefully, unsmiling, as I make sympathetic gestures.
In the factory one man breaks down, unable to face or even talk about the future. The supervisor who shows us around the Dickensian industrial heart of the sugar manufacturing, dodging under failing pipework dripping with boiling water or molasses, isn't looking for sympathy when he says "I started when I was 13 years old, I have been here for over 30 years. I don't know what I am going to do."
On the way back past the slightly out of place Victorian fountain in Emancipation Square which was once a slave market, I remember that it was this stone sculpture which was one of many that had been originally created for Trafalgar Square in London, but that public opinion frowned on the nudity displayed by the carved figures, and so the work was refused and was stored somewhere in London.
It was Sir Berkeley, a planter-politician St. Kitts grandee, who spotted it, bought it and brought it back to St. Kitts where it became one of the most famous landmarks of Basseterre. Recently it was suggested that it should be torn down, and replaced with something more fitting to Kittitian history. But the public rose up and demanded that it remain, and so it does, strangely painted blue!
There does seem to be an awful lot of public opinion around at the moment in St. Kitts, on rather a grand scale, and there really is no foretelling where it will all end.