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RDC ‘Grow What You Eat'

RDC ‘Grow What You Eat'
10 Apr
2018

As Barbadians are encouraged to take up kitchen gardening in an effort to reduce the country's high food import bill, one organisation is working to ensure they have the tools to do so.

The Rural Development Commission distributed plants, tyres and palettes as part of their growth receptacle programme.

Nine varieties of plants were on offer, and participants were each given two, and up to four receptacles in which to start their kitchen gardens.

The programme is a continuation of the RDC's ‘Grow What You Eat’ project, which so far has involved a number of workshops and seminars on gardening.

The RDC's public relations officer Wendy Burke says in addition to lowering the country's import bill, the project is aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles.

She says it will also give some participants a chance to earn some money.

About three hundred plants were purchased by the RDC for the project and distribution continues on Wednesday.

The palettes and tyres were donated by the Bridgetown Port Inc and Quality Tyres respectively.

The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation also contributed to the RDC's effort.

Ms. Burke says other organisations are welcome to come on board as they work on expanding the project into the country's schools.

Meanwhile Barbadians are being encouraged to put their hands to the plough, literally, and Grow what they Eat.

The Ministry of Agriculture is spearheading the effort, but Chief Agricultural Officer Lennox Chandler has announced plans to take things a step further once he demits office.

Mr. Chandler was speaking during a field day hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture to showcase the ways and benefits of growing romaine lettuce.

Researcher with the Ministry, Owen Gamble, says there's increasing demand for romaine lettuce, which unlike other types of lettuces, is somewhat heat tolerant and can therefore be grown in Barbados year round.

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