By Mondale Smith
Tomorrow, all roads lead to the National Stadium at Providence for the Ministry of Agriculture’s inaugural Agri-Fest, 2009 featuring Soca sensation Rupee in concert. Christopher Chapwanya, senior marketing officer at the new Guyana Marketing Corporation, is the coordinator of the mega Agricultural fair.
He says while it’s an all-day event, Soca fans can head to the venue tomorrow for a healthy serving of entertainment, which will also include Clarity Crossover and Heat Wave bands. Rupee arrives tonight.
Chapwanya said “this event is a spin-off from the previously held ‘Guyana night’ and the ‘Grow More Food Festival and is aimed at highlighting the happenings in Guyana’s Agriculture sector, especially in light of the ongoing Ministry of Agriculture Agri-diversification programme.
Patrons to the event are guaranteed a day of entertainment and education on the sector, as well as the Low Carbon Development programme.
Chapwanya assures that there will be quite a bit to be seen as 120 booths will be showcasing every aspect of the agriculture sector at the fair with major focus on research, production, marketing and transpiration.
“The atmosphere will be one of education and entertainment where patrons will be given firsthand experiences of how the sector works and in addition they will be furnished with pamphlets and samples of some of the locally produced Agricultural products and bi-products”.
The event’s major features include a farmers’ market that will be opened from 11:30hrs. Their farmers nationwide will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. There is no entrance fee.
The gates open at 13:00hrs when a mutton curry competition gets underway with ten participants mixing their herbs and spices to see who among them can convince the judges of their cooking skill.
From 15:00 a children’s stage show will be held, featuring Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer and Diego and friends.
At 18:00hrs, the results of the curry competition will be announced and winners will walk away with heads of sheep, trophies and consolation prizes. At 19:00 hrs the event will be officially declared open with messages on Agriculture diversification and modernization where Government and Private sector officials will offer brief remarks.
The event will also feature a livestock farm where cattle, pigs and other animals will be on display and there will also be a coconut corner. The latter stems from the marked increase in coconut export from Guyana to several Caribbean countries.
For those who will be interested in food, Chapwanya revealed that there is also a massive food court planned but he however advised that from 19:30hrs, the entrance fee would be raised to $500.
As part of the attraction, patrons will be treated to a tunnelled entrance where the Low Carbon strategy will be highlighted. “The tunnel measures about 180ft and depicts a rain forest as well as the different aspects of the Low Carbon Development Strategy.”
This tunnel, Chapwanya said, is aimed at helping the average person understand what the strategy means for Guyana.
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