Schools ‘growing what they eat, eating what they grow’
to Education Minister Ruel Reid said food security was no joke. “I’m extremely happy for the reintroduction of the school farming programme and the Ministry of Education pledges its full support within the limits of its resources to this programme,” he noted.
Managing Director of Newport Fersan Dennis Valdez said food security and nation building were part of his company’s responsibility, and so partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture on the school-gardening programme was just a continuation of its ‘youth in agriculture programme’.
Expert advice and analysis will be provided to 196 schools to assist with developing their school gardens. The company will also adopt 13 schools, which they will be monitoring closely. In addition, Newport Fersan will be sponsoring the prizes for the school garden competition at a cost of over $2 million.
Layers and broilers are expected to be added to the programme in short order.
The school-gardening programme was launched at the Mocho Primary School in Clarendon last week under the theme ‘Grow what you eat, eat what you can, can what you can’t’.