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The Portland 4-H Club will be embarking on an extensive training programme next month in preparation for the special achievement day exercise to be held in April of 2006.
The event is being organised to mark the 65th anniversary of the 4-H movement in Jamaica.
Clinton Brown, 4-H Organizer for Portland, told JIS News that the training programme would commence in October instead of January as was originally planned, in order to allow for the clubbites to be fully prepared.
Participants will be judged on public speaking, goat and rabbit care and management, cake baking and decorating, agri-processing and an environmental challenge. Mr. Brown informed that special focus will be placed on the agri-processing and environmental care and the clubbities would be required to prepare products from corn and demonstrate drought management techniques.
He said that special workshops have been planned to facilitate the training programme. Resource personnel would be selected from institutions that have worked closely with the 4-H movement over the years, including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), and the Social Development Commission (SDC). The Club will also draw on expertise in areas such as dressmaking, and home economics.
Noting that all 45 clubs in the parish will be fully mobilized for the occasion, Mr. Brown said that special effort would be made to improve the entertainment feature of the achievement day to attract more adults to the event.