Agriculture Ministry expands support for young people


KINGSTON, Jamaica—The federal authorities is growing assist for youthful people pursuing teaching and completely different engagements in agriculture.

Minister with obligation for Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, said that $120 million has been allocated to The school of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland, as An factor of a dedication to facilitating enchancment inside instructional institutions.

Furthermore, he said the ministry Shall be offering irrigation methods worthd at $2.8 million to primary schools, by way of a collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO) and the Jamaica 4-H Golf equipment.

The minister was addressing the 2021 Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund semi-digital scholarship currentation ceremony, hosted by the Jamaica 4-H Golf equipment in Kingston on October 21.

Shaw said the ministryhas additionally halfnered with America Agency for Worldwide Development (USAID) To decide A mannequin new agri-course ofing laboratory On the Knockalva Polytechnic School in Hanover.

“Furthermore, to solidify our dedication to youth in agriculture, We’re growing our Rural Youth Financial Empowerment Programme (RYEEP) To current halficipants with superior teaching in enterprise enchancment and administration, a start-up grant of $50,000, and As a lot as six months of enterprise teaching,” he educated.

Shaw said the ministry stays dedicated to main the “new face” of the food revolution, with particular Think about food safety, agri-enterprise enchancment, local climate-smart utilized sciences, and export enlargement.

Noting that key stakeholders On this course of have been Jamaica’s youth, he primarytained that “Our educational methods should, subsequently, be engineered To current assist That is influenceful and related”.

Shaw said the areas of focus embrace science, evaluation, agrienterprise, “and sensible software programmes from the grassroot to the tertiary levels”.

“Our process, as leaders, is To Make constructive that we collaborate And convey to the fore, The biggest assets To assist Within the edification and nurturing of The expertise of our youthful people Contained in the sector,” he said.

“So Permit us to proceed to play our half To Enconstructive thOn the agricultural sector has A strong future the place we add worth and…. make A strong influence on our youthful people,” the minister added.

Simply over 300 secondary and tertiary college students pursuing agricultural research Through the 2021/22 educational yr have acquired scholarships beneath the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund Programme.

The programme, administered by the Jamaica 4-H Golf equipment, targets college students Who’re enrolled in an agricultural programme of research, and are from the parishes St Catherine, Manchester, and St Ann, the place Rio Tinto Alcan Included’s bauxite mining and alumina refining operations have been located.

The scholarships are meant To promote social enchancment actions by investing Within the recipients’ expertise teaching and development.

The event Financial institution of Jamaica (DBJ) and Jamaica 4-H Golf equipment have halfnered with Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. on the scholarship programme.

Chairman of the Scholarship Steering Committee, and Principal of Holmwood Technical Highschool in Manchester, Hidran McKulsky, indicated that 400 scholarships are being focused for disbursement this yr, the placeas advising that softwares will stay open till November 26.

Individuals can go to the 4-H Golf equipment internet website –, name The prime office at 876-927-4050-2, ship an e-mail to[email protected], or go to their Instagram, Twitter or Fb social media platforms.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund was established in 2010, 9 yrs after the entity ended its 59-yr operations in Jamaica, to primarytaWithin the entity’s contribution to the nation’s social and economic enchancment.