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UWI students to promote rabbit cooking and eating

For Release Upon Receipt - March 12, 2010

St. Augustine

Chicken prices have reportedly dropped for the Lenten season, but The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus is proposing an alternative source of meat for the long term. An upcoming food tasting at the Department of Food Production will give students an opportunity to learn more about cooking, eating and serving rabbit meat.

UWI Food Production Lecturer, Dr Rajendra Rastogi, said that the food tasting was organised specifically “to teach students of the Non-ruminant Production class (AGLS 3014) to cook and eat rabbit meat, in order to remove any prejudice.” The Non-ruminant Production class will be divided into five groups, each of which will prepare a rabbit dish for display and consumption. Prizes will be awarded to winning presentations. 

The food tasting, which will take place in the Food Lab on the first floor of the Sir Frank Stockdale Building on Thursday 25th March from 1 to 3 p.m., is open only to a few members of staff and selected media personnel.

Professor Dyer Narinesingh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, and Dr Laura Roberts-Nkrumah, Head of the UWI Department of Food Production, will address participants at the cook-off. The Deputy Director of Regional Administration (South), Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, is expected to attend.

For more information, please contact Dr Rajendra Rastogi at, or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3329 or 645 0479 (Fax).

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