Corpus Christi Garden Cultivation

His Excellency Anthony Thomas Carmona ORTT, SC President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago donned the necessary apparel and was transformed into Farmer Carmona as he spent Corpus Christi May 26, 2016 at his estate in Fyzabad cultivating a variety of crops including peppers fruit trees, vegetables, cocoa and banana trees.

President Carmona has been a registered farmer for many years and believes agriculture can form part of the diversification thrust of the country.  Both he and Her Excellency have attended several agricultural courses sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture.  Only recently Her Excellency completed a course in cocoa production with the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

It is a Carmona family tradition, like many other families to engage in gardening, on Corpus Christi and while doing so would pray for a healthy crop and good yield.

One of His Excellency pet projects in the area of agriculture is to increase the number of Gros Michel banana trees on his estate as opposed to the Lakatan variety.  He advises farmers to try and replenish their estates and backyard gardens with Gros Michel which he considers to be a sweeter banana.

His Excellency stated that the plants use in his estate on Corpus Christi were obtained from Toco, Cedros, and Syne Village, Siparia.