Watch: The future of agriculture is at UWI's techAGRI Expo
"Trinidad and Tobago is not a food secure nation and we must all be concerned."
This is the sentiment recently expressed by Dr. Wayne Ganpat, Dean of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture of the University of the West Indies, and it's under this premise the faculty is hosting its second techAGRI Expo from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25.
The four-day expo is intended to explore the multitude of available technologies that can address the challenge of food security as well as entrepreneurship and commercialization.
It will also focus on the many technologies available to ensure a greater level of food and nutrition security as a nation, present opportunities to increase crop and livestock production, as well as display the vast collection of products made by entrepreneurs making well-labelled, packaged value-added products.
Some of the attractions at the expo will include, latest innovations by young agri-entrepreneurs, mini-workshops, a local food village, a mini zoo, a children’s park and guided tours.
techAGRI will showcase entrepreneurship in several areas, innovations in agriculture and highlight many areas of research outputs just begging for commercialization.
Loop stopped by the St. Augustine campus to chat with Dr. Ganpat where he explained the significance of the expo, not only in the sphere of the University but how its features can be transferred to policy and implementation nationwide.
In addition to the general public, agriculture, chemistry and biology students are also urged to visit in order to take:
-Tours to the Tissue Culture facility to see micropropagation of banana plants
-Tours to the Composting and Vermiculture facility to see the production of manures from organic waste and compost tea production and soil being produced by worms
-Tours to the Herbarium
-Tours to the Periurban Center – demonstrations of growing plants without soils- Hydroponics, Aquaponics, etc.
-Tours to the Cocoa Research Centre to see demonstrations on chocolate being produced.
Admission: Adults $25 | Kids $15