Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Dr Rowley gets busy in the garden, shows off crops

Photos via the Office of the Prime Minister.

Photos via the Office of the Prime Minister.

Amid a resurgence in home gardening, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has shared photos of his own kitchen garden at the Prime Minister’s residence in St Ann’s.

 

Dr Rowley shared the photos via social media on Wednesday, showing healthy large bundles of leafy green crops and tomato plants.

(Photos courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister)

Dr Rowley, who was raised by his grandparents in Tobago who were farmers, said the act of gardening is therapeutic.

“I come here when I have a little time, sometimes late in the evening or very early in the morning. I do a lot of focussed thinking when I am tilling the soil and while I am planting.”

(Photos courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister)

“Tending to this garden provides a great sense of satisfaction.”

He said since coming into office as Prime Minister, he created and kept a kitchen garden at the Prime Minister's official residence in St Anns.

(Photos courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister)

Others have since shown their gardening talents, including former prime minister Basdeo Panday, who was recorded on video by his daughter Mickela showing his cabbage and cauliflower, as well as Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who also shared a video of her home garden.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries recently launched the GrowTrinbago Seed Initiative, in which seeds from local crops are being distributed via MPs and local councillors.

Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon also recently stated that agriculture and local food production forms part of the country's plan for economic recovery, post-COVID-19.

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