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Dr. Roger Hosein plants an almond tree with Rebecca Gokool, cente,r and Chelsea Gopaul during the SURE foundation in collaboration with the No Youth Left Behind, Restoration Project at Vessigney Beach yesterday.

RADHICA DE SILVA

Senior economist at the University of the West Indies Dr Roger Hosein has joined a quest to decarbonize T&T and also lower the food import bill.

Early Sunday morning, Dr Hosein and members of the SURE Foundation and community group No Youth Left Behind, began planting almond trees and mangrove shrubs at the Vessigny Beach.

They also distributed 40,000 seedlings including celery, chive, bandania, ochroes, patchoi and lettuce to residents.

Dr Hosein said the $6.4 billion food import bill, must be reduced in the context of low economic growth and declining foreign exchange reserves.

“The foundation felt it useful to intervene in domestic food security and also move carbon dioxide out of the air,” he added.

Dr Hosein said over the past three years the SURE Foundation has donated 500 fruit trees to citizens. He said with the support of sponsors, the Foundation hoped to distribute one million seedlings by the year-end.

He said the La Brea based group No Youth Left Behind has been doing positive projects in the community which should be supported in the face of high levels of unemployment.

“This is an all-round project and we take great pride in this,” Dr Hosein added.