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SVGCC to host exhibition showcasing production of flour from root crops, staples


The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) will host a one-day exhibition at the Division of Technical Education at Arnos Vale tomorrow, April 15, to educate the public on how agro-processing can play a vital role in food security.

A release from the SVGCC said as the issue of food security becomes a topic of critical importance worldwide, the Agriculture Marketing students of the SCGCC have devised “an innovative way that can assist in ensuring food sustainability{{more}} for the future of this country and promote healthier lifestyles while at the same time contributing towards its economic development.”

This venture is the production of composite flour which is obtained from root crops such as sweet potato and cassava, among others, and staples such as breadfruit, banana and plantain. The flour was created to satisfy specific functional characteristics and nutrients composition.

The exhibition will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 from 9 a.m at the Division of Technical Education at Arnos Vale. The objective of the exhibition is to “showcase the excellent work of its students while at the same time educating the public on how Agro-processing plays a vital role in food security and the nutritional value of composite flour.

“Research has shown that composite flour could be used in baby food formulas and cereals and has the potential to promote the overall use and enhancement of domestic agriculture production,” the release said.