January 17th, 2024:- Earlier today, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Orientation Centre in Port of Spain was transformed into a vibrant showcase of creativity and commitment as the World Food Day National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (WFDNCTT) hosted the Plant Torch Prize Giving and Certificate Ceremony. This momentous event not only applauded the exceptional achievements of participating schools but also reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to sustainable agriculture.
The Plant Torch Activity, inaugurated in 2016, stands as a beacon of empowerment, education, and unity, addressing critical issues such as food security and sustainability among primary school students in Trinidad and Tobago. Inspired by the iconic Olympic Torch, this symbolic plant relay engages students in the 4-H club of participating schools, fostering a deep connection with a selected plant suggested by the Royal Botanic Gardens.
In 2023, the chosen plant, the Jack Fruit, embarked on a journey through each participating school for one week. This hands-on experience provided students with valuable insights into the plant’s cultivation and benefits. Beyond plant care, students showcased their artistic skills through an inspiring art and jingle competition, allowing them to creatively express their understanding and appreciation of food resilience and security.
“The World Food Day National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago deserves commendation for their unwavering dedication to sustainable agriculture through the impactful Plant Torch Activity,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein. “Heartfelt congratulations to the students for showcasing their commitment to plant conservation and understanding of food resilience and security.”
In her opening remarks, Chairperson of the WFDNCTT, Ms. Teresa Rosemond, emphasized, “Today is not just about an exhibition; it is a testament to the limitless potential that resides within every one of our young artists. These proud students showcase their art pieces and jingles, spreading awareness about the importance of plant conservation.” She also extended congratulations to the students, expressing her hope that the exhibition would be a stepping stone to a future filled with endless potential.
In delivering remarks at the event, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Mr. Farook Hosein, stated, “The Plant Torch Activity exemplifies the power of education and community engagement in shaping a sustainable future. I am honored to witness the dedication of our youth to the nation’s food security agenda.”
The WFDNCTT remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering individuals, engaging communities, and inspiring citizens, including the youth of Trinidad and Tobago, to contribute to the nation’s food security agenda.
About the World Food Day National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (WFDNCTT):
The World Food Day National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (WFDNCTT) operates under the administrative remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries. It aims to promote awareness and action toward eradicating hunger, ensuring food security, and supporting sustainable agriculture practices in Trinidad and Tobago. The committee works closely with various stakeholders to organize events and initiatives that highlight the importance of food production, nutrition, and environmental conservation.
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