August 13, 2004

Breadfruit Book launch for Emancipation Month

Creating a breadfruit mentality? Not quite but, soon Vincentians will soon have an opportunity to read more about the breadfruit when a book entitled ‘The breadfruit Plant of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ is launched here as part of Emancipation Month activities.{{more}} The book launch, as part of this year’s Breadfruit Festival, takes place on Friday 20 August at the National Trust Headquarters (Old Public Library) beginning at 10.00 am.
The Breadfruit Book, a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It includes an historical background of the plant, its morphology, the varieties found in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, propagation methods, the pests and diseases which affect the plant, its traditional uses and some recipes.
Another Breadfruit Festival takes place in North Leeward on Saturday 21st August. The community will host their leg of the festival, which will also feature an herbal exhibition and fishing activities. The festival moves to Park Hill on Sunday 22nd August when there will be a Breadfruit and Folk Fest. The Richland Park community will play host to the festival on Saturday 28 to Sunday 29th August.
The Breadfruit Festival culminates with the re-enactment of the arrival of Captain Bligh at the Kingstown Port and a procession to the Botanic Gardens where a symbolic planting of the breadfruit sucker will be done. The Botanic Gardens, the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, is home to a sucker from one of the plants brought to the West Indies from the south Pacific by Captain Bligh in 1793.