October 16, 2023 – Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, is warning the population that “without water, life as we know it would not exist, and our food security and sustainability would be gravely impacted.” Senator Singh made his comments while delivering an address at the World Food Day Tree Planting Ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Port of Spain earlier today.
This event marked a significant milestone in raising awareness about sustainable food systems and the critical role of water in ensuring food security. Alluding to the 2023 theme of World Food Day, Water is Life, Water is Food. Leave No One Behind, Minister Singh stated that water and food are intertwined, and it is our responsibility to safeguard these resources.
Senator Singh reiterated the urgency of promoting responsible water management and sustainable food production. The Minister revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries has been actively encouraging and assisting farmers/fisherfolk in transitioning their operations to more climate-smart and sustainable practices.
He encouraged farmers and members of the agricultural sector to access grants such as the Agro-Incentive Grant, which explicitly targets those unable to undertake the necessary infrastructural upgrades to make their systems more sustainable. “We hope that grants like these will impact the levels of production as we seek to drive our food import bill downward.”
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Mr. Farook Hosein, also commended the efforts of the World Food Day National Committee and other key participants, stating, “I applaud the dedication of those who remind us of our responsibility to protect our environment, conserve water resources, and ensure that no one goes hungry. Let us continue to work together, hand in hand, to build inclusive food systems and a sustainable future for Trinidad and Tobago.”
The highlight of the event was the ceremonial planting of a new tree, the Jack Fruit, symbolizing hope, growth, and resilience. Each tree planted over the years represents the collective commitment to preserving natural resources and building a sustainable future.
Minister Singh expressed his sincere appreciation to the World Food Day National Committee for their unwavering dedication in organizing the commemoration. He also conveyed heartfelt gratitude to all attendees for their active participation, reinforcing the nation’s commitment to achieving food security, environmental sustainability, and a brighter future for Trinidad and Tobago.
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