Here is what Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Samantha Marshall had to say:
In recognition of Arbour Month 2020 and International Soil Day, I was happy to join forces with the Antigua Youth Ambassador Corp, in planting fruit and palm trees at the S. R. Olivia David Primary, Urlings Primary and the St. Mary’s School of Excellence.
The Antigua Youth Ambassador Corp earlier this year launched a campaign “Caribbean Tree Planting – Antigua” which forms part of the Regional Tree Planting Initiative to plant one million trees, with Antigua being tasked with planting as many trees as possible.
This project is a joint effort of the Youth, Government and Private Sector to engage our Youth in encouraging them to plant, cover maintaining trees, change the attitude towards the importance of trees, and to foster the mindset of promoting environmental conservation and promotion.
Each School was presented with Palm, Guava, Raspberry, Mango and Sugar Apple Trees which will aid in reducing hunger, and enhancing food and nutritional security, and sensitizing our children on the importance of growing and eating local.
As the Minister of Agriculture, I recognize that agriculture has become vitally important for the sustainable growth of our nation, and as such we must educate our youth and citizens on the benefits our local fruits and vegetables provide in our everyday lives.
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