MINISTRY OF BUSINESS
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
COCONUT FESTIVAL AWARENESS GOES TO University of Guyana
Members of the planning committee for the inaugural Guyana Coconut Festival and Awareness Week are currently engaging agriculturists, coconut growers, interior decorators and up-cycle manufacturers across this nation via every media to sensitize them to the benefits awaiting them at the October festival.
The first ever Guyana Coconut Festival will be held on the grounds of the Arthur Chung Convention Center (ACCC), Liliendaal, ECD from 21 to 23 October. The Planning Committee has already paid repeated visits to the Essequibo Coast and will call on farmers in the Essequibo Islands, Linden, the East Coast, West and East Berbice over the coming weeks.
This Thursday 1st September the Committee will meet and speak with students and staff from all faculties of the University of Guyana. They will deliver a power-point-aided presentation titled: “UG, the Coconut Festival and Thereafter” in Room A 104, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry on the Turkeyen campus. Guyanese producers of coconut foods, household products, decorative products and cosmetologists will put samplings of their produce on exhibition on campus.
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND, PARTICIPATE AND COVER THE EVENT. It begins at 1.30 pm (13:30 hrs.)
The Coconut Festival is a collaboration between the Ministry of Business – Department of Tourism – and the Ministry of Agriculture, with support from the ITC and CARDI. It is intended to re-educate Guyanese people about the diverse benefits of this super-fruit including the health and cosmetic benefits, the nutritional value, the decorative value of the shell, tree trunk, branches and fronds, as well as the numerous ways for up-cycle and down-cycle manufacturing.
Director General, Tourism
Chairman, Coconut Festival Planning Committee