Monday 30 March, 2020

TechAgri Expo 2017 aims to open minds about agriculture

That’s the message University of the West Indies (UWI) Dean of Faculty of Food and Agriculture Dr. Wayne Ganpat hopes that visitors to the upcoming TechAgri Expo 2017 take away.

The expo, which begins tomorrow and continues until Sunday, will feature small entrepreneurs and provide an opportunity for them to showcase their products, and possibly aid in them making business connections with individuals who can further aid them in the commercialisation of their product.

A number of tours and workshops presenting agriculture to the public are also carded for the three-day expo.

Ganpat gave a preview of a few of the things visitors will experience at the expo.

“Tours of the labs can be expected, visitors will have the chance to see aquaponics, composting, leaching … tour the plant lab, we have the hydroponic system on the rooftop … they are going to see chocolate making in the lab.

The National Herbarium is the only one of its kind in the country that contains all the flora in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Ganpat is hopeful that students and members of the public who visit the expo will see that there is much more to agriculture than producing crops, and take an interest to getting involved in the sector.

Friday is all about getting secondary school children involved, especially those who are studying science and agriculture. Primary schools in close proximity to the University have also been invited, and shuttles have been arranged to transport these students.

There’s small price to pay for the learning experience visitors will receive: an entrance fee of $10 for students and $20 for members of the public.

The expo is open from 10 am to 8pm from Friday to Sunday.

There’s no intention yet to make the expo an annual event, but depending on student and public response it may happen.

“There’s a lot of excitement about this already but we’ll see the kind of support we get from the students and the general public,” Ganpat said.

The expo is in an effort to aid in food security, he added, as he hopes the displays of innovation over the three-day period will attract students. 



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