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Tobago Cassava Shop opens

By Victor Laptiste

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."

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Bagoalldaway said on Friday, Mar 9 at 9:27 PM

Congrats.... Tobago Cassava Shop ah love it, cassava with anything good for me, that's one of my favorite ground food. God blessings always.

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D Mouse said on Wednesday, Mar 7 at 2:42 AM

See Yahoo Article about Tobago. I cannot put the link because the web page-master will not allow links search keywords "10 Amazing Undiscovered Islands" on Yahoo. I have always maintained that Tobago remains largely undiscovered to Americans.

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papa ross said on Friday, Mar 2 at 10:00 AM

good luck an all da success to da CAVASSA SHOP

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the virginian said on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 7:24 PM

Home Boy,thanks.You see,I've been able to identify Citylimer.We sometimes hung out together as young and vibrant highschool grads,with good jobs,in Scarborough in the early 60's.Though I still cheerish his friendship,both of have grown and sometimes hold and defend different positions at times.But there's no one more appropriate to pick an informed opinion-specific"fight" with than your friend.My enemies,I usually keep at bay and feed with a very long serrated-edged spoon. Take care.

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HOMEBOY said on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 6:45 PM

WELL CONGRATS TOBAGO, WELL DONE,THERE WILL BE SOME CHALLENGES AHEAD BUT PLEASE DONT GI E UP.I CANT WAIT TO GET SOME OF THAT FARINE IN T O. I CANT BELIE EI IT CITY LIMER AND ERGENIA IS ON THE SAME PAGE.NO FOODFIGHT ON THIS ONE. REMEMBER YOUR PATENT.

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baltimore said on Sunday, Feb 26 at 12:37 AM

i am very happy to hear about this,I am from Tobagoand would like to get some goodies.

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Bago Abroad said on Sunday, Feb 26 at 12:18 AM

Good going. I think it's time we get back to eating from the land. I don't believe that natural foods like cassava is responsible for a lot of sicknesses that is plaguing many people in Tobago; in fact it has a lot of needed fiber to help keep the bowels in good condition. By the way, I believe that many of our sicknesses and diseases stem from the fast food craze...grease, over processed foods, too much salt and sugar. My grandparents (living in Tobago) are in their late 80s and I so proud of them. They depend on the land for their food...including cassava. My only drawback is that I can't get some goodies from the Cassava Shop, anyway sending wishes to Tobago Cassava Shop for success and prosperity. Please come my way soon!

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mr positive said on Saturday, Feb 25 at 10:26 PM

Wow, I am impressed by this initiative. Just when I thought that THA was not doing anything new with agriculture, the cassava shop opens. I can't wait to buy farine by the bags....they last very long. I agree think big.

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Patricia Forde said on Saturday, Feb 25 at 2:52 PM

Too much carbohydrates--too many adult onset diabetes--no adequate healthcare.

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the virginian said on Monday, Feb 20 at 12:57 PM

Yeah,'Limer,you've touched most of the salient factors and your advice is text book and priceless;perhaps they should consult you. Sure I still love my farine--with fresh whole milk and a touch of condensed--and pretty often when I'm in Brooklyn,NY I usually get something close to it but nothing like what my mama made.Also,when I visit my brother in Houston,TX we usually check-out a WestIndian-American shop nearby for cassava pone.So the cassava palate is already here and be assured Caribbean folks,even though substantial,aren't the only patrons.So,I sincerely hope that the Tobago Cassava Shop would be able to exploit this market as well in due course.Think big Cassava Shop,think T&T and beyond though you should keep your feet firmly grounded while reaching for the stars.

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RJ said on Sunday, Feb 19 at 5:14 PM

Long overdue we have so much indigenous crops that we throw away. We should be also having, sweet potatoe, mango, avacado, plums ect. salads, juice, preserve, punch ect. There is so much that we can manufacture from our food products.!

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citylimer said on Sunday, Feb 19 at 4:33 PM

THA great job exploit all the derivatives from cassava. What is needed now is very good marketing of these products accompanied by the appropriate labelling according to international standards. Also some attempt needs to be made to linkup with international brands who may which to partner with Tobago to produce a product which would be acceptable to the foreign palate and also the diaspora in the foreign market. Closer home advances need to be made to Trinidad supermarket chains for shelfspace to give the product a wider market exposure. Additionally, the shelf life of some of these products will have to be given careful consideration. Tobagonians in Trinidad and the diaspora love their farine. Good attractive packaging to compete for ones attention on the supermarket shelf is a must best of luck. Target New York and England where there may be a concentration of Tobago and other West Indian residents. All the best. Check out VIRGINIA TOO you may be able to find an Tobagonian importer.

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the virginian said on Saturday, Feb 18 at 2:58 PM

GREAT!!!!I hope I'll be able to witness the "Made in Tobago" label and sample some of the goodies from the caribbean influenced shops here before too long.If not,a visit to this shop would be on my to do list then. Good luck with this endeavor.Wish the Tobago Cassava Shop and all the other budding entrepreneurs there unlimited success.

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