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  • Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has hailed the Jamaica 4-H Clubs as one of the foremost youth training institutions in the country and Caribbean.
  • Mr. Kellier said the organisation continues to provide opportunities for youngsters “wishing to make a meaningful contribution to national development.”
  • Mr. Kellier pointed out that key programmes such as Youth in Agriculture and the National School Garden Programme provide opportunities for the country’s young people to showcase innovation.

Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has hailed the Jamaica 4-H Clubs as one of the foremost youth training institutions in the country and Caribbean.

Speaking at the launch of the agency’s 75th anniversary celebrations at its head office in St. Andrew on Wednesday, April 1, Mr. Kellier said the organisation continues to provide opportunities for youngsters “wishing to make a meaningful contribution to national development.”

“Looking at your main training areas, agriculture, home economics, leadership, social skills, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyles, and environmental awareness, this is a grand mix that provides the launching pad for our youth to become outstanding contributors to our society,” he noted.

“With these skill sets, clubbites in the future will be able to fit into critical industries (such as) – agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, (and) creation of niche markets, just to name a few,” he added.

Mr. Kellier pointed out that as Jamaica continues to grapple with “the negative perception of farmers being uneducated and unskilled”, key programmes such as Youth in Agriculture and the National School Garden Programme provide opportunities for the country’s young people to showcase innovation, as well as learn how to create gardens to assist with national food security.

“Indeed, modern agriculture is more than just tilling the soil and tending to animals; it is about working smartly. I look forward to seeing our youth developing modern farm practices, developing new crop varieties and animal strains, and becoming leaders in the agricultural sector, both locally and internationally,” he said.

A series of islandwide activities are planned to commemorate the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ Diamond Jubilee celebrations, being held under the theme: ‘4-H: Celebrating the Past; Enhancing the Future’.

Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Allen, is the patron of the anniversary celebrations.

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is a youth training organisation under the Ministry of Agriculture, which is mandated to provide skills training for young people, between the ages of five and 25.