Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, has called on schools to engage their student population in the Ministry's 'Grow Smart, Eat Smart' campaign.
Speaking at a 'World Food Day' event at Vere Technical High School in Clarendon on October 20, the Minister suggested that administrators and teachers can put together various competitions that promote the tenets of the campaign and help to drive the country further towards food security.
The Grow Smart, Eat Smart campaign, which was launched earlier this year, is aimed at driving resilience, advancing sustainability, and improving efficiency in agriculture. It targets several priority areas, such as crop production and climate-smart practices and technologies.
"We're going to be providing vegetable gardening packages, such as seeds, small tools, baby chicks, feed, and animals so that schools can start their units and get the students and teachers involved in learning the best practices at an early age. We will also be helping and giving support to install aquaponics and hydroponics systems across Jamaica, for us to have integrated vegetable and fish farming," Charles Jr outlined.
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