The 4th annual National Fruit Festival a collaboration between iTHINK Global Consulting Services and the Tableland Pineapple Farmers’ Association to be held at the NU Image Simplex Complex, New Grant on the 26th – 28th June, 2015.
The theme understanding and respecting the fruits of our land is geared towards highlighting the various aspects of agriculture and holistic living, while encouraging citizens to purchase and consume locally grown fruits and vegetables, this initiative seeks to engage and incorporate the young people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Agricultural Economist Omardath Maharaja at the launch of the festival stated that through collectiveness we as citizens can increase the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing on the significant roles farming place on eradicating poverty and hunger, reducing cost of living, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, protection the environment and attain sustainable development in rural areas, that would expand nationwide.
This project has the potential of reaping a number of long term benefits since it would reduce global warming by diminishing the need to import food, encourage farmers to produce a range of crops as oppose to large businesses that focus on just one or two crops relying heavily to technologies, agrochemicals and economies of scale, job security by increasing the number of farm workers and protection of the integrity of our soil.
Although soil may not seem like it that important one gram of soil contains 10,000 million individual cells comprising 4000-5000 bacterial types and snails, earthworms, noted nor termites have not been counted. Soil don’t only contain life, it gives life without fertile earth there would be no plants, animals or humans.
Overall this project seeks to strengthen agricultural education, beautification and awareness by encouraging students and staff of Todd’s Road RC Primary School in the planting of Pineapple, Coconut, Plantains, Pomegranate, Five Fingers and Bananas.
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