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Participation in this year’s Youth in Agriculture Competition has increased by more than 200 per cent, with approximately 78 entries in all categories, compared to 32 last year.
The competition, which is staged by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority’s National Youth in Agriculture Schools Agriculture Programme, culminated on the opening day (August 5) of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show.
It was held under the theme, ‘Youth Securing the Future of Agriculture through Technological Advancements,’ and involved students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions competing in several areas.
The top prizes in the keenly contested agricultural quiz went to Bethel All Age School’s 4H Club; Sydney Pagon Agricultural High School; and Ebony Park HEART Academy’s 4H Club who won first place in categories one, two and three respectively.
Meanwhile, Bethel Primary’s 4H ‘Team Two’ emerged champions in Category One of the Public Speaking competition. St. Elizabeth Technical High School won first place in Category Three, while Ebony Park Academy were the Category Three winners.
Other aspects of the competition included, Essay, Poster, Food Technology, Agriculture Quiz, and School Farm Competition. Programme Co-ordinator, Bridgette Williams expressed satisfaction with the growth of the programme, which began in 1990. “We saw it fit to start this programme because there was a need to secure the future of agriculture by getting more young people involved in the practice,” Miss Williams told JIS News.
She further noted that the scholarship alumni of the programme also conducted competitions on ‘Youth Day’ at the Denbigh show. “This attracted more participants, Miss Williams noted, adding that it augured further growth for the future as more young persons were becoming interested in the field of agriculture.
The competition received major sponsorship from the Agriculturalist (an agricultural publication), the Bank of Nova Scotia, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, the Development Bank of Jamaica, the Coconut Industry Board, Bigga Jamaica, the Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation, the National Commercial Bank, the National Housing Trust, Newport Fersan, Jamaica Limited, and RBTT Bank.