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More Lady Hochoy schools to start aquaponics programme

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Fisheries officer Harnarine Lalla, second from left, explains the process of aquaponics at the proposed site at the Lady Hochoy School, Gasparillo. Looking on are Vishnu Rama, left, Digicel Foundation project officer Cindyann Currency, Lady Hochoy School Penal principal Shereen Mohip and Joseph Changiah.

The Digicel Foundation Aquaponics Programme will now be part of the operations at the Lady Hochoy schools in Penal and Gasparillo.

The interactive programme was first launched at the Lady Hochoy School, Arima in March.

The main objectives of the aquaponics programme are to expose the students to the technology and to build awareness on the benefits of growing one’s own food.

The students will have the option of pursuing this initiative as an alternative income generator after graduation. 

The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Food Production is a major partner with the Foundation in this Programme, a release from Digicel said. 

Harnarine Lalla, fisheries officer at the Fisheries Division, has been working closely with the Foundation providing technical support and guidance on implementing this programme.

On August 13, Lalla made a presentation to key stakeholders at the Lady Hochoy School in Gasparillo.

The aquaponics units at both schools will be launched in October 2014.