By Jaedee Caines

The Observer

‘Agri-business – The Way To Go’ is the theme for the Department of Agriculture’s annual Open Day slated for the end of March 2006. As part of its quest to introduce new ideas to the Open Day celebration the department, on Wednesday launched a poster competition for the primary and secondary school students on the island.

The winning entry would be judged by January 27th 2006 and will be displayed on Open Day. Wednesday’s launch form part of the weeklong activities commemorating the 25th anniversary of World Food Day. Communications and Quarantine Officer of the Department of Agriculture (Nevis); Eric Evelyn encouraged the general public to participate in this week’s activities and Open Day 2006. Junior Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Livingston Herbert and Director of Agriculture, Samuel Powell also attended the launching ceremony and made brief remarks.

Minister Herbert officially launched the competition to the public particularly the primary and secondary school students. Herbert who said, “Agriculture is a way of life” showed the many ways Agriculture can be linked to our normal lives. Realizing and emphasizing the extreme importance of Agriculture to the community, he asked students to “create a poster as to their vision on how the business-side of Agriculture must evolve.”

“The competition seeks to promote and stimulate agricultural awareness among children. The theme focuses on a businesslike approach to agriculture in Nevis,” said Director Powell. Powell, in his remarks outlined the rules and guidelines of the poster competition.

The entries will be judged on creativity, content, relevance to theme and quality of presentation and may include words to highlight the ideas that will be depicted. Students are only allowed to submit one standard size (22”x28”) poster/Bristol board which depicts ways in which Agriculture can be approached as a business. The colours, design and medium are left up to the imaginative and creative minds of the students.

The winner of the poster competition will receive a trophy, an EC$250 cash prize and free entry to all Open Day activities. Deadline date is January 14th 2006.