Basseterre, St. Kitts

Display of vegetables at the annual Agriculture Open Day

Display of vegetables at the annual Agriculture Open Day

The Agriculture Department hosted its annual Agriculture Open Day this Thursday and Friday April 24 and 25 from 9a.m. at the Agriculture Department grounds in La Guerite, Basseterre.

The theme for this year’s Open Day was “Agriculture: Moving in the Right
Direction”.  The annual Open Day focused on promoting the work of local farmers and reminded the public that agriculture is an important part of society. The event also encouraged everyone to learn more about how local foods are produced. Additionally, it aims of developing an appreciation for the role that agriculture plays in providing safe and affordable products and how it strengthens the economy.

The Department illustrated its agricultural development strategy with
displays on:  Operational Food Security, Farming and Agricultural Systems
Transformation, Agri-business and Market Development, Agricultural Risk
Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

Other engaging exhibitions included Backyard Garden space saving displays, Breadfruit Project booth, Protected Agriculture-Green House and Shade House displays, a Monkey-Proof Farm Model, a tour of the brand new Operational Pack House where persons learned how breadfruit flour was made and much more.

There was also an educational corner for persons seeking to pursue a
career in agriculture. Staff from the University of the West Indies (UWI)
Open Campus in St. Kitts and the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad, the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College were present to speak with interested persons.

Students engaged

Students engaged

For the younger visitors, there were a bouncing castle, breadfruit and
sweet potato ice cream specials,  lucky dips, a treasure hunt, forest trail and horseback riding, as well as classic games with an agricultural twist. There was also educational games such as “Name that Plant” and “Animal Kingdom”.

The food court was stocked with local foods such as the ever popular
“tree mutton” local pork and mutton, breadfruit dishes, goat water and
more.  Cooperatives were on hand to provide attendees with snacks and
local drinks.

There was a booth dedicated to all things breadfruit, where visitors sampled different dishes all made from this versatile starch, popular in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Visitors were able to support farmers at the Farmers Market with daily specials.

There were also raffles, where visitors can win prizes including a 40
inch Samsung smart television, a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablet and a
Samsung S4 mini mobile phone.

This marked the 21st anniversary of the Agriculture Open Day, which was
celebrated by all ages across the country.



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