Save The St Augustine Nurseries
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The St Augustine Nurseries was established in 1930 "to produce high quality planting material to the farming community and general public thereby contributing to FOOD SECURITY" and "to expand and conserve germplasm collections of key strategic crops of agricultural importance, so as to ensure sustainability of the agricultural sector for the benefit of both the PRESENT and FUTURE generations.
The nurseries are responsible for producing planting materials for almost all our indigenous fruits: breadfruit, avocado, guava, orange, mango, soursop, sapodilla, pommecethere, pomerac, caimete, chennette, peewah, chataigne and a host of others, too numerous to mention. These fruits represent who we are as a people.
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago intends to destroy the St Augustine nurseries by building 500 housing units, in the first instance, on 17 acres of the most arable agricultural land in the country.
There are no advantages to providing housing in an already densely populated area as this will lead to further traffic chaos, increased flooding and pollution issues, affecting hundreds of residents and businesses as well as thousands of commuters.
Ironically, there are several thousand acres of land, only minutes away, that are less arable and better suited for housing.
Additionally, there are between 11,000 and 12,000 houses in HDC estates, across the country, that are empty, abandoned, incomplete and at various stages of disrepair that the Govt can better utilise to provide housing for those in need.
HELP US SAVE OUR HERITAGE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE NURSERIES.
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