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Approximately thirty-two 4-H Clubs from the parish of St. James participated in the St. James 4-H parish achievement day recently displaying exhibits in areas such as the environment, home economics, agriculture, floral arrangement as well as in leadership and social skills. The event, which was held under the theme ‘Protect, Produce and Prepare for Posterity’ was staged at the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay, and attracted over 2,000 clubbites and well wishers.
In their presentations, Executive Director for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Movement, Lenworth Fulton and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Noel Donaldson impressed upon the clubbites the importance of attending school, and even more so to show respect for each other. Mr. Fulton urged the young people to keep away from alcohol, to keep away from early sexual activity, to refrain from gambling and to make sure they were involved in some form of religious activity.
“You must have manners to your teachers, your parents, and senior people, and you have to respect each other,” he emphasized.
He pointed out that the first of April would mark the 65th year since the Jamaica 4-H movement has been in existence, taking under its training umbrella, young people from as young as nine years old.
Guest speaker at the official opening ceremony, Manager, Corporate Affairs, at Caribbean Broilers, and Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Keith Amiel lamented the fact that there had been a decrease in production of certain traditional crops of Jamaica. He noted that logwood, cedar wood, annatto, pimento and ortanique were items that were once produced in large quantities in Jamaica, but were all now almost non-existent.
“Where are they now. I notice that you do things relating to the environment, you do things relating to agriculture, so where are they now,” he asked.
He expressed the opinion that leadership, new ideas and new ways of doing things was what Jamaica needed at this point in its development. Dr. Amiel called on the 4-H clubites to position themselves as the future leaders of the country, as with their training, they should posses the necessary vision.

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