(ZIZ News) – With focus on the theme “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”, the Department of Agriculture is working towards a successful week of activities from October 11th to 17th.
On Friday morning, we caught up with Extension Officer and Chairman of the World Food Day Week of Activities, Lionel Stevens who revealed this year’s events.
He said, “We have church service on Sunday at the Dieppe Bay Methodist Church from 9am. Monday 12th, we have talks in schools where we go to the different high schools to speak to the children about World Food Day, the theme and agriculture in general. On Tuesday, we have a stakeholders meeting at the department conference room and that is being organised by the Ministry of Health to try establish a draft policy. Also, we have a panel discussion at ZIZ from 8 to 9. We will also be on Issues from 1:30 on the same Tuesday the 13th.”
The activities from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th October range from a radio presentation and fair to a prize giving ceremony.
“On Wednesday, we have a rebroadcast of the Minister’s speech on ZIZ Radio and TV as well as the Voices radio programme. On Thursday, is the grand annual Farmers and Fishers Prize Giving Ceremony to be held at the department conference room from 4 in the afternoon. This is where we award farmers and fishers for their outstanding work throughout the year. And on Friday, we have a donation of food hampers to Social Development to assist the persons who are more so needy or challenged and to help them to better develop themselves,” Stevens explained.
The week-long observance will conclude on Saturday 17th with a Food Fair at the Sandy Point Public Market. That event is being organised by the Sandy Point Agricultural Cooperatives and the Department of Agriculture.