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The St. Catherine 4-H Movement staged a successful Parish Achievement Day on Thursday (April 2), with clubbities from some 35 schools and clubs throughout the parish mounting displays in keeping with the national theme: ‘Youth Responding to Food Security.’
The event, held at the Spanish Town Primary School, featured exhibits of crops cultivated from school farms and backyard gardens, which are sold in the community and used in the school feeding programme. “We have a lot of schools within Spanish Town that do not have land for a school garden but they are doing containerised gardens, contributing to the school canteen,” said Parish Development Manager Calvon Watson.
Noting the demonstrations of techniques to enhance production, such as greenhouse technology and protected agriculture, Mr. Watson said: “that’s the way we want to go.because we want young people to understand that agriculture is a business and they need to look at it from a business standpoint and not see it from the old days of the hoe and the fork.”
Manager for the 4-H School Gardening Programme, Ricardo Bryan, operated a booth displaying the hydroponics technique, which is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions and without soil. He told JIS News that it was important to expose young people to technologies in agriculture.
Several private and public sector agencies also mounted exhibits such as Singer, Lasco, the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications, National Youth Service (NYS), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Caribbean Maritime Institute, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
4-H Clubs across the island observe Parish Achievement Day each year, to showcase projects that they have been working on throughout the year.
“It’s an opportunity for the children to show off some of the character building, educational, and entrepreneurial projects they have engaged in at the various school and community clubs and what they’ve accomplished,” Mr. Watson pointed out.
“It also allows them to develop leadership [skills] and understand the importance of their contribution to society and to the economy,” he added.

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