Wednesday 17th October, 2018-The Minister of Agriculture says he plans to initiate a conversation with his colleagues on the possibility of government providing additional meals to students in schools, including breakfast.
The Hon. Dean Jonas made the revelation on Tuesday, while delivering the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Director General’s Message on the occasion of World Food Day.
He said that at the last COTED Meeting, the ministers of agriculture were insisting that the governments across the OECS and CARICOM should look into providing breakfast for school children.
“This is a matter that I will be debating with my colleagues in cabinet to see if the government will be willing to undertake that as well,” Minister Jonas assured.
The call issued on World Food Day is for the international community to work closer together and make use of the evidence and tools available.
Minister Jonas used the opportunity to urge citizens to pay more attention to eating healthy choices of food as this can help to avoid the incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that is so prevalent today.
He said although hunger is not an issue here Antigua, more emphasis must be paid to consuming more nutritious food to avoid numerous diet-related diseases.
The agriculture minister is calling for a re-education campaign to be mounted to share information with the general public about proper eating habits.
World Food Day was held under the theme, “Our present actions will determine our future- A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is still possible.”