Cassava, Dasheen Flour Coming
The Tobago Agribusiness Development Company (TADCO) is gearing up to produce and supply alternatives to wheat flour.
Secretary of Food Security, Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development Natisha Charles-Pantin said she’s aware that the Tobago public is concerned about the price of wheat flour.
“TADCO will be supplying alternative flour in partnership with NOVO Farms Limited by September 2022. The equipment is already in Tobago, and we should be processing flour at the packing house located in Shaw Park,” Charles-Pantin said.
She was speaking at the post Executive Council media briefing on Wednesday (June 22nd) at Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex.
The Secretary believes flour made from alternative crops can benefit Tobago. She said flour made from cassava and dasheen is already being produced on the island, and can assist lower income households. Charles-Pantin said she has already made “excellent” roast bake, and tried buss-up-shut, both made from breadfruit flour.
Part of TADCO’s mission is to lead the development of agri-business in Tobago. Farmers are also being encouraged to increase the production of dasheen and cassava to supply to TADCO.
In addition, the Secretary said poultry farmers will also be getting TADCO support.
“TADCO will be engaging poultry farmers on the island of Tobago. We would like all poultry farmers to engage TADCO for feed and chicks for free,” she said.
Secretary Charles-Pantin said anyone seeking further information can call TADCO at 639-4017 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.