JIS News

Thirty-five 4-H Clubs in St. Mary participated in the Annual St. Mary 4-H Achievement Day activities, held at the Oracabessa High School, on April 7.
The function, which featured a number of competitive and entertaining events, was held under the theme: ‘Youth Response to Food Security’.
Among the highlights of the day’s activities was the selection of the St. Mary 4-H Boy and Girl of the Year, which went to Delano Butler, of Tremolsworth 4-H Community Club, and Chrystal Binns, of St. Mary High School, respectively.
In keeping with the theme, special focus was placed on the importance of food production and the manufacture of value added goods, through agro processing.
Emphasis was placed on carrot production in the agricultural display, with wines, pizzas, jams, jellies, cakes, punches and juices among the most prominently displayed by-products. There were also displays on greenhouse technology and backyard gardening.
Several organizations also participated in the event, including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the Forestry Department, Jamaica Library Service, Social Development Commission (SDC), and University of Technology (UTech).
Hotelier, Jeff McKitty, who addressed the function, praised the 4-H Movement for the role it is playing to mold the lives of young Jamaicans, and exhorted 4-H clubbites to strive to ensure that the objective of the event’s theme is realised, in order to enable Jamaica to achieve food security.
Parish Development Officer for the 4-H clubs in St. Mary, Charlene Edwards-Butler, told JIS News that the event was a success, and expressed gratitude to all who contributed to the event. She was particularly appreciative of the supportive organisations and the participating clubs.

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