Grenada Readies Root Crop Festival

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - May 5, 2012

Above: St George’s (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Extension Division of Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is planning to host a Root Crop Festival.

The festival, which will take place under the theme “Returning to Our Roots,” was reportedly inspired by a drive to remind the country’s younger generations of the role root crops have played in Grenada’s traditions.

Six roots and tubers will be featured: yam, sweet potato, dasheen, tannia, eddoes and cassava.

The festival will culminate on June 1 with a public root crop exhibition at the Carenage Pedestrian Plaza.

In the weeks leading up to the exhibition, the Ministry of Agriculture will begin a public awareness drive, ultimately looking for Grenadians to begin using more root crops.

The Carenage exhibition will feature displays of a number of varieties of the six crops, information on their cultivation and beverages that can be made with them.

The festival is a partnership with the Grenada Food and Nutritional Council, the Marketing and National Importing Board and private citizens.

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