The Future of Farming
In May, THA Chief Secretary Hon. Ancil Dennis visited several farmers and farms on the island, including the THA Courland Agricultural Development Project, to spotlight the important contribution that farmers make to our island. The THA continues to focus on food production and is encouraging Tobagonians to grow their own food as part of the island’s development and sustainability.
This agricultural push has included the distribution of home gardening kits by the Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries to persons wanting to grow their own produce.
Michael Boxill and Melissa McKenzie of Mr. Plucker’s Ranch in Bon Accord specialise in home grown fresh chickens, which they then sell seasoned or unseasoned. The young couple gave Chief Secretary Dennis a tour of the small chicken farm that they own and manage, before presenting him their product.
Chief Secretary Dennis receives goat’s milk from livestock farmer Dave Moore, who rears goats that produce high quality goat’s milk at Alpine Farm.
Chief Secretary Dennis visited Orange Hill Nature Ranch and learned about the making of yogurt and goat’s cheese from owner Josefa Patience.
Chief Secretary Dennis carries a pumpkin while visiting Glennon Sharpe of Grazer One Farm.
Ricardo Alfred, owner and manager of Tobagrow, shows Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis his crops during his tour. Alfred’s crops include cucumbers and lettuce.
Farmer Ken Webster shows Chief Secretary Dennis and Project Coordinator William Benjamin crops on his plot at the Courland Agricultural Development Project, Black Rock.