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Agriculture ministry launches feed the poor project

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GIS – The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Government of Taiwan and the CARITAS Antilles will undertake a feed the poor project that will benefit a total of 60 primary and secondary schools on the island.

The activity involves the planting of fruit trees and vegetable gardens; and the construction of green houses.

The Grand Riviere Primary School in the north is the first to benefit from the initiative. Principal Mauricia Francis expressed gratitude for the project.

“This activity could not have come at a more opportune time,” she said. “Lately, we have had to invest more in agriculture and by no means tree planting.”

Dr. Felix Jariah, Director of Agriculture Services, addressed the students.

“So by the time you get to Standard One, you will have fruits in your school yard. You will have cherries, golden apples, mangoes, guavas, all for you to eat, and to also sell, so that you can make money for your school.”

The project is currently underway.

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  1. Yes, the more opportune time was 10 - 20 years ago.

    Fantastic initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture.

    However some critic (constructive off course) schools should have been doing so on they own sometime ago especially Secondary Schools. We should not have to wait for the Ministry to initiate projects like this one.

    Most schools have enough spare land on they premises whereby the Agricultural curriculum would work well with a hands on project like this one.

    Fabulous and well done to the Ministry of Agriculture - we should roll out an Aquaponics project as well.

    Every school on the island should also set up a composting project so they can create they own organic fertiliser to supplement the growing beds they're developing.

    Make our children aware food can also be grown with out the use of any SOIL and more importantly ORGANICALLY no need for fertilisers (that's really what we should be looking at) and as you know the Taiwanese are EXPERTS in this technology which by the way is centuries old.

    This is the best NEWS piece I've read all week.

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