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Get ready this Saturday for the first Fully
Loaded Music Festival, a new one-day dancehall,
reggae and soca music festival. The event, this
year, highlights the golden era of dancehall on
the main stage, featuring Beenie Man & Bounty
Killer who will perform on the same stage at
the same time for the first time in Trinidad for
a full-length concert performance. They will be
joined by Wayne Wonder and Aidonia.
This new festival aims to create a platform for local
artistes to share the stage with dancehall and reggae
legends, and will have three stages for performers.
The Hennessy Artiste Stage will showcase a wide
range of local artistes who have been influenced by
dancehall music to create their own style and genre.
Featuring acts will include M1, S Carter, Pternsky,
Orlando Octave, Prophet Benjamin, Mark Hardy, and
The Fully Loaded brand started in the early 2000s
with DJs and sound systems, so there will also be
performances by some of the region's legendary djs/
Marcus "Mark Hardy" Braveboy, left, and Isaac "Yung Rudd" Rudder.
The following is the ﬁfth in a series of articles designed to raise awareness and
encourage public engagement on the revision of the National Integrated Water
Resources Management (IWRM) Policy being undertaken by the Ministry of Public
Utilities. Contributions from the public will inform a ﬁnal document that will frame
the country’s management of water resources.
If you were to ask anyone to envision a drought or water shortage, they would
most likely describe empty taps and dry river beds. But the lack of water affects
much more than our ability to take regular baths or do the laundry. Our very sustenance,
the food that we place on our tables, cannot be produced without an adequate water supply.
In fact, food and agriculture are the largest consumers of water
worldwide, requiring one hundred times more than we use for
As the world's population increases, and is projected to reach 9 billion by 2015, the use of fresh
water for human consumption, agriculture, industry, and other uses has increased six --fold. To feed
the rapidly growing numbers of people, food production globally will have to increase by at least
10 per cent according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. However,
the amount of water and arable land available remains the same. These challenges bring the issue
of food security sharply into focus.
Global population and income growth results in higher demand for more and better food. To meet
this demand, agricultural sectors will have to expand irrigation networks and increase their water
use. This coupled with the climate change phenomenon, is expected to place even further stress on
The challenge, therefore, for Trinidad and Tobago, as indeed it is for other countries, is to develop
and apply technology and management approaches that enhance water efﬁciency and protect
water quality throughout the agricultural sector. This will require innovative and effective governance
mechanisms, together with investments in new water technologies and infrastructure. These will ser ve
to mitigate the impacts of growing water shortages, and to ensure that water is allocated in efﬁcient
ways that will meet the demands of all sectors, including water for agriculture.
The ability of the country to not only sustain but to develop its agriculture sector, will determine its
ability to feed itself, and hopefully reduce, over time, its reliance on imported food and its attendant
costs. Water is critical in this regard. But its effective management requires action and collaboration
on the part of Government, institutions, and individuals.
The revised IWRM Policy will provide a framework within which these different stakeholders can
contribute to the goal of a sustainable and adequate water-supply for all sectors. Indeed, our food
security as a nation depends on it. Our Water; Our Life!
Members of the public wishing to make comments on the Policy or to register to attend any of the public
consultations can: (i) email firstname.lastname@example.org; (ii) visit www.mpu.gov.tt; or (iii) call the
Ministry’s Corporate Communications Unit at 628-9500 Exts. TALK (8255) and CHAT (2428).
• Integrity • Service Excellence
• Transparency • Accountability
• Trust and Mutual Respect
Water and Food
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