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The Faculty of Food and Agriculture at the
University of the West Indies, St Augustine
campus, will host a two-day expo on the latest
technological advances in farming and food
The event opens on Friday and over 2,000 students
and teachers have registered to attend that day.
The expo is being done under the leadership of Dr
Wayne Ganpat, Dean of the Faculty.
He aims to raise the profile of agriculture nationally
and regionally, stressing less on the drudgery that has
typically been associated with food production and
projecting the scientific methods which are presently
available, a release promoting the event stated.
"If people can be introduced to the technology that
now exists in food production, they might encourage
their children to pursue a career in agriculture. It is
a field that can never be
saturated since there are
so many dimensions to
explore. And this is ex-
actly what Tech Agri
Expo will be highlight-
ing," the release said.
The expo will be a
space where entrepre-
neurs and investors can
link to bring hundreds
of food-based prod-
ucts into the homes of
our people at affordable
prices. There will be ap-
proximately 75 booths at
the expo which consti-
tutes the many facets of
agriculture. Booths will showcase locally made soaps,
candles, jewelry from paper, coconut oil, jams, wines,
cassava flour, sweet potato flour and baked products
from them. Flavoured ponche de crème, local teas
such as orange peel, fever grass, and bamboo which
are available in tea bags.
Chocolate booths where locally manufactured
chocolate products will be sold, as well as chocolate
beverages. Breads and other pastry baked with veg-
etables so you will get zucchini as well as shadow
beni muffins and avocado bread. There will also be
hand crafted items and a museum displaying things
from our past.
The Cocoa Research Centre of UWI will be high-
lighting the work done by them with our world fa-
Entrepreneurial students of the faculty will have a
booth of their own to show the aspects of food pro-
duction that funds their study at UWI.
There would be guided tours to various parts of
the faculty like the herbarium---which is a place a lot
of people do not know exits, here a sample of every
specie of plant existing in our country is stored.
Students and public would be invited to work areas
to witness the composting, be introduced to the sci-
ence behind vermiculture and tissue culture. Several
hydroponic and aquaponic systems will be on display.
A tour to our mini-plant factory to experience vege-
table production under LED lights will be available.
$300,000 bail for attempted murder
A 29-year-old man from Point Fortin
accused of attacking his former girl-
friend and their one-year-old daughter
at Mt St Benedict last week, has been
released on $300,000 bail.
Rayon Stanislaus, a Petrotrin employee,
of Warden Street, Point Fortin, was granted
bail when he appeared before Senior Mag-
istrate Indrani Cedeno in the Tunapuna
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Stanislaus was charged with the at-
tempted murder of Iyanna Hercules, 32,
and wounding their daughter, Zakaiya, with
intent to cause her grievous bodily harm.
Police prosecutors initially objected to
bail as they claimed the victims were still
in hospital and investigators are yet to get
a copy of the defendant's criminal record
from the T&T Police Service (TTPS) data-
base. However, Stanislaus' lawyer, Alexia
Romero, told the court the victim had been
discharged from hospital last Friday. She
said a preliminary check of the database
would show that her client had a clean
The case was stood down for a few min-
utes to verify that information and when
the prosecutors returned to the courtroom
they confirmed Romero's statements.
Cedeno ordered Stanislaus to report to
the nearest police station every fortnight
for the duration of the case and warned
him to refrain from any contact with the
victims. A second suspect in the matter
has not yet been detained by police.
Stanislaus will return to court on April 4.
The expo will be held on the campus grounds.
Patrons can enter from the North Gate by the
tunnel. As they enter the expo will be facing
them on the grounds by the Faculty of Food
There is an admission fee of $20 for adults and
$10 for children.
"If people can be intro-
duced to the technology
that now exists in food
production, they might
encourage their children
to pursue a career in ag-
riculture. It is a field that
can never be saturated
since there are so many
dimensions to explore.
And this is exactly what
Tech Agri Expo will be
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