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  • The Jamaica 4-H Clubs boosted its numbers by about 40 per cent over the last year as it continued efforts to push its membership to 100,000.
  • The number of clubbities stood at approximately 69,000 as at January 2014, moving from 49,000 in January 2013.
  • The objective is to get more young people involved in the agricultural sector.

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs boosted its numbers by about 40 per cent over the last year as it continued efforts to push its membership to 100,000.

The organisation’s Chairman, Senator Norman Grant, informed that the number of clubbities stood at approximately 69,000 as at January 2014, moving from 49,000 in January 2013.

Senator Grant, who was addressing the media launch of the 58th annual Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show on February 11 at the Royalton Hotel in Falmouth, said the movement was working with other agencies of government to achieve the target of 100,000 clubbities.

He said the objective is to get more young people involved in the agricultural sector.

“We believe that if this country is going to achieve sustained economic development, if we are going to successfully empower our people, then the agricultural sector will have to play that crucial role of transformation. Our young people will therefore be significantly and strategically placed to make their contribution in this effort,” Senator Grant stated.

The Hague Agricultural event, slated for the Hague Showground from March 4 to 5, will be focused on youth development under the theme: ‘Empowering our youth in agriculture … grow what eat and eat what we grow’.

“When we speak of empowering our young people, we are talking about reaching out to the youth in training and development, making agriculture becoming an attractive career path for them,” said Senator Grant.

He informed that the 4-H movement increased training “significantly” in 2013 with some 92,000 sessions carried out, over 29,000 in 2012.

Senator Grant, who is also President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), said that these initiatives will continue this year.

In addition, he said that strategies will be introduced at this year’s Hague Show to “rebrand and redirect the focus of the event over the next five years, to make it more attractive to the young and bright future farmers in Jamaica”.

He said that plans are in high gear for this year’s show and organizers are targeting a record 10,000 patrons for the event.