The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) held its annual Open Day yesterday (Thursday October 19th) and it attracted dozens of persons, including children from schools across Georgetown, the East and West Coast Demerara.

NAREI’s Open Day, which is observed during Agriculture month, is intended to expose students to the work of the institute and various agencies within the local agricultural sector. Demonstration included both field and laboratory activities.

Some of the exhibits on display were an ants’ farm, bread made with 20 percent cassava, soaps, candles, honey, hydroponic, honey wine, the different varieties of plants, honey roasted nuts and a soil profile was on display.

The children were particularly amazed with the ants’ farm and the candles that were made with beeswax. NAREI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Oudho Homenauth said that the Open Day is part of the entity’s activities to commemorate Agriculture month.

“The purpose is to have all the departments in one location, at one time to showcase and highlight what we are currently doing because sometimes we don’t get that opportunity,” the CEO said while adding that NAREI gets to demonstrate their work in a practical way for the students to understand.

Meanwhile, the Mangrove Restoration and Management Department took the opportunity to distribute prizes to participants who took part in the Mangrove Social Media Photo Competition that was held as part of NAREI’s celebration of International Day for Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem 2017.

The competition started on July 26 and ended on September 22, last. It was organized in recognition of the importance of mangrove ecosystem to human wellbeing and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Riyad Sattaur walked away with the first prize—a trip to Kaieteur Falls. He took an aerial shot of mangroves in Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.

The second place winner is Morris Solomon. He received a trip to Arrow Point Nature Resort. His picture captions a goat between mangroves taken at Novar, Mahaicony. Third place winner, Surjpaul Singh’s picture was taken in Springlands, Berbice. He won a tour to Essequibo/Mazaruni.

The trips were sponsored by Conservation International Guyana, Guyana Forestry Commission and Protected Area Commission. Six other persons, who would have submitted photographs of mangroves, received gift baskets, complements of NAREI.