Schools ‘grow­ing what they eat, eat­ing what they grow’

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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’.

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