JIS News

An impressive array of displays and performances highlighted the annual 4H Achievement Day function organised by the St. Mary 4H Clubs at the St. Mary High School on Thursday, April 1.
All 26 4H clubs in the parish participated in the event which featured competition among the clubs in a number of areas, including public speaking, solid waste management, organic farming, poster competition, rabbit care and management, goat care and management, cattle judging, budding and grafting, cake baking and the making of 4-H uniforms.
Among the highlights of the function were the crowning of the 4-H Boy and Girl of the year for the parish, and a fashion show featuring the members of the Charlattonburgh 4-H Club.
Leton Grandisson of Tacky High School was selected as the Boy of the Year, while Jessica Stewart of St. Mary High School was chosen as the Girl of the Year.
The day’s activities also included an official ceremony, which was attended by clubbites, a number of persons representing several government and non-government organizations and members of the public.
Giving the main address at the ceremony, Linton Barnes, Field Services Director for the Jamaica 4H Clubs, said his organization was fully committed to successfully pursuing its mandate of moulding the minds of young Jamaicans to enable them to become responsible adults.
He noted that this was being done through the implementation of a number of training programmes for clubbites to enable them to realize their full potential.
Observing that the training programme was carried out jointly by a number of government and non-government entities including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Mr. Barnes said a special effort was being made to place trained 4H Clubbites in organizations which provided them with the opportunity to practise the training they had received.
He pointed out that several clubbites had received training in the detection and treatment of the Black Sigatoka Disease new affecting the banana industry. Additionally, he said that a training programme would soon be implemented to prepare them to successfully manage the Moko Disease which has also been posing a serious threat to the industry.

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