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Vendors cry foul


Anesta Henry

Vendors cry foul

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Thousands of students flocked to Queen’s Park yesterday to participate in the first day of the three-day annual agricultural show, Agrofest.
And while the excitement showed on the students’ faces as they toured the booths, some vendors were displeased and dissatisfied that some “teachers just dragging the children along”.
Craftswoman Azilia Joseph told the SATURDAY SUN she was puzzled why “teachers are just pulling the children and telling them to hurry and walk up and not giving them enough time to look at or even buy from stalls”.
“I asked one teacher if she was not going to stop and let the little children shop, and she said ‘they bought already’. I said to her, we have over 300 vendors down here and they bought all they wanted already? They are only supposed to buy from one person? And then she went along with an attitude and the children followed her.”
Rosalind Lashley said it might not make sense to complain when “the teachers can argue that it is time for the children to go”.
“This is something which the teachers do every year they come to Agrofest. The children stop to look at something at a stall and they hurry them along,” said Lashley.
Meanwhile, farmer Natalie Harewood felt “that it is wrong to be harsh on the teachers when it might be a simple case that the children don’t have any money to spend”.
“I am accustomed to coming to Agrofest and getting the schoolchildren rush on Fridays, and then the Saturday and Sunday you get the big people rush. But if they don’t have the money, they can’t spend. This year, the children just passing, looking at the foods and not buying,” she said.
Accompanied by teachers and guardians, more than 10 000 students from almost every school had a close look at animals, foods, plants, vegetables, jewellery and other exhibits.
They petted rabbits, stared in fascination at pigs and Black Belly sheep, cows and birds and got a feel of local fruits. Some poked at rabbits with inquisitive looks on their faces while others encouraged parrots to talk.  
St Cyprian’s Boys’ School student Themar Burnham, who was anxious to get home to his garden to plant the items he bought, said that he just loved “coming to Agrofest to see all the plants and animals”.
“I like the pigs, the cows and the goats and these are all a part of Barbados and we need them to survive,” said Burnham.

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