The National School Garden Programme, which is being implemented by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, will, over the next two years, receive $2, 000 from every vehicle sold by Toyota Jamaica Limited.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking at the signing ceremony for the sponsorship agreement on January 25 at his Hope Gardens office in Kingston, said the programme could receive as much as $200,000 per month to implement projects in institutions and schools across the island.
He thanked Toyota Jamaica for the assistance. “The commitment to providing up to $200, 000 on a monthly basis, will go a far way in building (the programme)” he said.
Executive Director, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton, in also expressing gratitude, said the move is of significant importance to the 70,000 clubbites of the movement and will aid in fostering the further development of agriculture in schools.
In his remarks, Managing Director, Toyota Jamaica Limited, John Connell, said this initiative will support the development of the country by helping to get people productive; raise per capita income; create employment opportunities; provide agricultural training and development; and ensuring food security.
Among the objectives of the National School Garden Programme are to get young people to recognise and accept the role they must play in food production, to select careers in agriculture, and to see agriculture as a viable business option.
The programme has been extended to golden-age homes, infirmaries and other institutions and the sponsorship from Toyota Jamaica will benefit one project per month. The first institution to benefit will be the Ebenezer Home in Manchester.
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