Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, is encouraging more young people to get involved in agriculture, stating that this is critical for the sustainability of the sector.
“Agriculture is important to the development of any nation, therefore it is important that you get involved and get involved now,” he told students of the Maggotty High School in St. Elizabeth on Friday (January 20), while handing over a six-burner industrial gas stove and cheque for $100,000 to the school’s Home Economics Department.
The Agriculture State Minister, while commending the hard work and dedication of the country’s farmers, said ensuring the continued development of the sector requires engagement of the country’s brightest young minds.
He said it is important that the necessary incentives are provided that will attract the youth to agriculture, and effort made to change the negative perception that young people have of the sector. He argued that agriculture can be a profitable business if properly operated.
Mr. Hayles stated that while agriculture is not the panacea for the country’s problems, it plays a critical role, and is vital to the survival of other sectors.
By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter