Cassava punch, pasta, pizza, quiche, pone, puff, ice cream, fruit cake, colada, wine, starch cake, khurma, even boiled cassava with garlic sauce can now be enjoyed at the first indigenous Tobago Cassava Shop which was officially opened on Valentine Day at the Scarborough Esplanade (Booth #3).
At a brief ceremony preceding the opening, the Chairman of Tobago Cassava Products Limited – Wendell Berkeley indicated that this Sales Outlet was the first of many more which the Board of Directors plans to establish throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
He expects that farmers would rise to the challenge and begin to plant cassava in 5 to 10 acre plots as the Cassava Processing Plant to be established at Cove Estate is expected to be operational by September with a daily capacity of 3100 kg. Secretary for Agriculture – Gary Melville stated that his Division had begun to upgrade access roads to enable farmers to have more ready access to their holdings and thus facilitate increased production.
Scores of farmers and other stakeholders such as CARDI, CARIRI, members of the Tobago Agricultural Society and the Tobago Agri-Business Co-operative were present.
In his feature address, Secretary for Finance and Enterprise Development, Dr Anselm London indicated that Tobago is at a very important economic, social and political crossroad and it is our responsibility to effect that change. He further exhorted the audience: "The positive change lies in the hands of the farmers who are producing food."