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  • Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has reiterated the call for more youth to get involved in agriculture, as their innovative contributions play a pivotal role in the successful transformation of the industry.
  • The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Youth in Agriculture Hub on Friday, August 1, at the Denbigh show ground in May Pen, Clarendon.
  • The opening formed part of the programme for the 62nd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.

Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has reiterated the call for more youth to get involved in agriculture, as their innovative contributions play a pivotal role in the successful transformation of the industry.

“This industry not only needs the experience generated from the older players, but through the youth, we will see the infusion of more modern technologies, higher levels of entrepreneurship and creativity,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Youth in Agriculture Hub on Friday, August 1, at the Denbigh show ground in May Pen, Clarendon.

The opening formed part of the programme for the 62nd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.

Mr. Kellier said he is pleased that in recent years, there has been an increase in the thrust towards agricultural education and skills training, noting that institutions such as the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), the Ebony Park Heart Academy, Knox Community College, Knockalva School, Sydney Pagon Agricultural School, among others, continue to produce well-needed technocrats in the field.

He praised the Jamaica 4-H Clubs on spearheading the Youth in Agriculture Hub, which seeks to promote and develop excellence in agriculture among youth.

It also highlights youth involvement in agriculture by the setting up of displays and having young people participate in various agricultural competitive events.

The Minister also commended the Jamaica 4-H Clubs for continuing to “do an increasingly good job” of introducing agricultural and life skills training to young people from as early as age five.

“Their membership has increased to 86,448 from 1,048 clubs as of March 2014. This is encouraging as this simply means that more young people, at some stage in their lives, will become involved in agriculture, entrepreneurship and associated fields,” he stated.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show takes place from Friday, August 1 to Sunday, August 3 under the theme: ‘Grow What We Eat…Eat What We Grow: Agriculture…Going for Growth’.

It seeks to promote the agricultural sector; display the best foods produced in Jamaica; and highlight the importance of agriculture to food security, business development and nation building.