The agriculture department is on a drive to ensure that the once vibrant farine industry returns to its place at the centre of the Carriacou society as an economic and highly nutritious product.
Several farmers from across the island have been busy in the last two months reaping their cassava crops and making farine, which can be found on shelves at many of the supermarkets and shops.
Head of the Agriculture Department, Benson Patrice, says that it was back in 2012 during World Food Day celebrations that he decided to ensure that the importance of farine formed the theme of the exercise. He says that they displayed the cassava mill, baking pan and several byproducts of the cassava such as farine, dumplings, and bakes among others. He said they were also able to edify the younger generation on the production and importance of the farine. Patrice pointed out that from then on they have been busy planting cassava at various fields in Belair and Dumfries, to ensure that the island has a constant supply of farine on the market.
As a department, he said they have been highly complimented for the quality, texture and color of the farine, which they have been making.
Pointing to its highly nutritious value, Patrice said that there is several people who have been demanding the product to send for friends and loved ones abroad. Patrice added that they would be producing farine as long as the cassava is good to do so.
He is also hoping that the once community spirit, which farine-making had in several communities would soon return.