Education Minister Myron Walwyn has announced plans to make agriculture more prominent in the local school curriculum.
Addressing a gathering at the H Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration on Monday, Walwyn said the events following the September 2017 hurricanes influenced the decision.
“I will be mandating that all schools, both primary and secondary create and maintain a school garden and that agricultural science become a greater focus as part of the curriculum,” Walwyn said.
The minister further underscored the importance of having food security.
Uncertainty about food
He recalled how several residents were concerned and uncertain about securing food immediately after the disasters.
“We can all remember standing in lines at the supermarkets for several hours — feeling a bit uneasy because we were unsure if there would be food once we finally got inside,” he said.
“These instances could have perhaps been avoided if each of us did our own little part to keep the agricultural sector alive … This is something that I dare say we must all endeavour to do now.”
Walwyn further said the former Chief Minister Hamilton Lavity Stoutt would have actively pursued various ways to get persons to once again recognise the importance of agriculture and starting their own gardens.
Agriculture to be main economic pillar
Just weeks ago, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for agriculture Dr Kedrick Pickering said the agriculture sector will be the main revenue-earner for the BVI in the next few years.
At the time, Dr Pickering said three major companies were already willing to invest in the local agricultural sector.
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