Dr. Harris said that such enterprise also helps to create food to be consumed by all residents and it generates income to purchase tools and other resources that can be used to sustain families and expand output.
Minister Harris was at the time speaking at a tree planting ceremony in the northern rural district of Bourryeau, as part of the week of activities to observe World Food Day, which is on 16th October. Scores of residents joined officials from the Department of Agriculture to plant 110 trees, along the island’s main road, including Almond, Cherry, Sour- sop and Tamarind.
The ceremony was also witnessed by various crop and livestock farmers, members of social clubs and community institutions as well as faculty and students from the Violet-Petty, Joshua Obadiah Williams and Edgar T. Morris primary schools.
Senior Minister Harris encouraged the students to enrich their daily consumption with fruits and vegetables, which are critical components in the recently unveiled Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) for St. Kitts and Nevis.
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, but so too will morocco and mangoes and oranges and shaddocks, sour sops and bananas. All the fruits that you can get and all the vegetables that you can eat fresh, we want you to do so,” Harris stressed, while also appealing to farmers to keep prices reasonable so local produce will be the preference of shoppers.
The local activities are being coordinated by Agronomist Paul Benjamin and are being celebrated under the World Food Day theme: “United against Hunger.” He said that the fruit tree planting exercise will be undertaken between Cayon and Mansion.
Mr. Benjamin said, “One of the ways we can unite against hunger is to have more food on the landscape and so we thought of having trees not just on the farms alone but on the main road,” he explained. “As people pass along the main road they can have fruits to pick and they can eat food and we can [better] ensure food security in our Nation.”
The week of activities continues on Friday with the Annual Farmers and Fishers Prize-Giving Ceremony, which was integrated into the Farmer’s Market to be held in Independence Square.