There should be a National Eat Local Day designated by government, according to an agricultural economist.
In a media release, Mr Omardath Maharaj says Trinidad and Tobago is not at crisis levels yet with food supply.
However, he warns that depending on imports while there are declining foreign exchange reserves, increasing pressure on exchange rates, widening fiscal deficits, public debt and unemployment T&T must focus on food sufficiency and independence sooner rather than later.
He believes COVID-19 has laid the country’s import dependency and has highlighted the need to for policymakers to do more.
Mr Maharaj admits that local food production is not without its own challenges but if managed properly, can support T&T through economic growth, environmental protection and poverty alleviation.