Tobago will join the rest of the world to celebrate World Food Day (WFD) later this week. Tobago has an annual exhibition and food fair to mark the day, with displays of locally grown and reared agriculture produce and animals.
Chief Secretary Orville London will officially declare open the event at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday (15th October 2014) at the Dwight Yorke Stadium parade grounds. The exhibition and food fair will continue on Thursday. (16th October 2014)
Speaking at the post Executive Council media briefing at the Administrative Complex in Calder Hall last week, Secretary of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment Assemblyman Godwin Adams said the theme of this year’s World Food Day is Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. It was chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers and to focus world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The WFD activities started last Thursday (9th Oct 2014) with a walk from Tambrin Square to the Esplanade, Scarborough. Ninety-two persons including members of 4H clubs, teachers, heads of departments in the agriculture division and other officers of the Assembly participated in the walk.
The exhibition will include displays of agricultural equipment, the sale of seedlings and food as well as health testing. Entertainment will include a farmers’ calypso competition.
Adams said judging of booths of the 170 participants in the eight agricultural districts will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (15th Oct) in food crops and agro processing while judging in poultry and livestock will take place on the farms. There will be a 4H poster display competition.
The public is invited to the event to visit booths and become better acquainted with the operations of the agriculture division, its achievements and focus.