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‘Argicultural Exhibition a success’

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Weather aside, the most recent edition of the National Agriculture and Agro based Industrial Exhibition is being considered one of the most successful to date.{{more}}

The event, held every five years, began last Wednesday, October 8th, and ran until Sunday 12th, at the Grammar School Playing Field and the Ministry of Agriculture’s compound in Kingstown.

More than 100 of the country’s farmers, agro processors and stakeholders in the agriculture industry filled the temporary booths and stalls, as they showcased their products, livestock and services to the hundreds of persons who passed through, sampled and bought products on a daily basis.

The rain-hampered Exhibition was used to highlight the work of the farmers, and in the process motivate current and prospective famers into becoming involved in, continuing and improving the industry.

A number of competitions held before and during the Exhibition saw persons being awarded in the farming, fishing, livestock and other areas; these winners are to be presented with their prizes at a date to be announced by the Ministry at a special ceremony.

This year’s Exhibition coincided with the hosting of the 8th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which began on Monday 6th, with sessions being conducted at the Methodist Church Hall and the Fisheries conference room in Kingstown.

At these sessions, Ministers of Agriculture and agriculture administrators met and discussed pertinent matters related to the industry.

Some of these issues included the current global food crisis, food prices, leadership and management in the industry and regional cooperation in agriculture. (JJ)