Husbands welcomes interest in agriculture
There is an increased interest in agriculture in Barbados and it is ‘pleasing’, says Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harry Husbands.
During a tour of the Barbados Youth Farm Summer Programme 2015, hosted at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Husbands said he was very pleased with the level of interest shown by the participants in farming.
“I’m extremely proud of the programme. I heard about it when I first came to the ministry and I love the enthusiasm of the students and that they actually care and know about the importance of agriculture,” Husbands said.
“They are getting a qualification in Level One Agriculture and some of them already have jobs lined
up . . . and those who don’t already, have their own little enterprise selling plants (which) is really good.
“It shows that young people don’t only understand the significance of producing food but they understand the significance of it as a career. They have a fairly well developed perspective of what their future is likely to be, so that’s good,” he said.
Husbands said it was now up to adults to offer the young people more support to ensure that their enthusiasm does not die.
“Based on reports that I have received on this programme and the others, it says that the possibility of agriculture in Barbados looks really positive. It’s up now to the private sector and the Government to maximize the opportunity and enthusiasm that these young people show and make positive use of it in the future.”
The programme is an eight-week intensive programme teaching young students about agriculture. Participants are between the ages of 15 and 19 and were selected by Agro-Science teachers at 13 different schools.
The programme ends on August 28. (DB)