Friday 27 November, 2020

Ministry staff bring local produce to Nariva, Mayaro families

Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

Staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries have been working to distribute food hampers containing locally grown produce to families in Nariva and Mayaro.

The Ministry said in an update yesterday that the project has been taking place over the last six months, whereby packages have been given to vulnerable families in those communities.

The Ministry said 103 hampers of fresh produce had been harvested from plots established at the Rio Claro Demonstration Station.  

(Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.)

The Ministry said all produce generated at the Station is also made available to the public for sale at the Government’s scheduled pricing.

The Minisyr said each hamper comprises: 2kg sucrier, 2kg silk fig, 2kg lacatan, 2kg moko, 2 kg plantain, 50 pimento, 1kg cucmber, 1kg tomato, 50 ochroes, 1 bundle chive, 1 bundle mustard, 1kg carailli, 1 lettuce, and fruits such as mango, cashew or mamesepote depending on availability .

In recent times, hampers now consist of melongene, watermelon, pineapple, tomato, pumpkin, cassava, cabbage, mustard, dasheen bush, snacks, copy books and pencils on different weeks. 

The Ministry said all of the recipients have been identified by the 4H Voluntary Leaders, who are teachers from each school with a 4H club and by members of Staff at the Regional Administration South (RAS) Office who reside in the community.

Hampers will be continued to be distributed weekly since the members of staff have opted to be #FOODHEROES as most of the produce is currently is donated by employees from their private home gardens.

The Ministry said considering that the hampers now consist of both station produce and staff produce it has been branded the “NAMY Green Hamper”.

The Ministry said delivery is done by employees who volunteer their time while also ensuring privacy of the recipient families.

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