Youth keen on agriculture

Fifteen students have successfully completed the Youth Farm Programme to earn Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs).

The land at Home Agriculture Station in St. Philip had not been cultivated in about 15 years, but after eight weeks of hard work, a team of budding agriculturalists transformed it into a brand new planting ground.

At an open day exhibition, the students gave tours of the field, showing off crops such as tomatoes, spinach, river tamarind and zucchinis, while displaying their knowledge of the sector.

Youth Farm Coordinator, Johan Springer told Barbados TODAY the participants braved the challenges of cultivating crops using organic methods. The students also worked with professionals of the sector during the summer.

(from left) Students Shavonne Jones, Stefon Chandler, Sherwin Mayers and Youth Farm Coordinator Johan Springer at the plant display.
(from left) Students Shavonne Jones, Stefon Chandler, Sherwin Mayers and Youth Farm Coordinator Johan Springer at the plant display.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harry Husbands was extremely pleased with the crops presented and the enthusiasm shown by students.

He said more attention must be paid to food security through the involvement of youth.

Students Kyona Holder (in front) and Kristian Holligan  (at back) showing Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry  of Education Senator Harry Husbands some tools of the trade.
Students Kyona Holder (in front) and Kristian Holligan (at back) showing Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands some tools of the trade.
Students show Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands how to use some farming tools.
Students show Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands how to use some farming tools.

“We simply can’t abandon agriculture and import everything from overseas,” Senator Husbands said, highlighting that if disaster strikes, basic nutrition must still be provided to citizens.

New Zealand High Commissioner Jan Henderson expressed her delight in partnering with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to encourage young Barbadians to become more invested in agriculture.

Student Sherwin Mayers showing New Zealand High Commissioner Jan Henderson pictures of the journey through the Youth Farm Programme.
Student Sherwin Mayers showing New Zealand High Commissioner Jan Henderson pictures of the journey through the Youth Farm Programme.

“If you’re not going to put the work into it, you’re never going to be the successful entrepreneur,” Henderson said, noting the passion of participating students.

One of the participants, 14-year-old Kyona Holder, admitted to Barbados TODAY that while she encountered difficulties at times, her summer was well spent as the programme was educational and worthwhile.

Seventeen-year-old Stefon Chandler, who said he is no stranger to farming, expressed the hope that he would get a job in the sector and eventually become an entrepreneur. (KW)

2 Responses to Youth keen on agriculture

  1. Ansanette Lovell
    Ansanette Lovell August 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I will recommend any one that is interested in agriculture to join the program I is worth it

    Reply
  2. jrsmith August 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This is good for our youth, because agriculture is the only economic saviour for Barbados , but serious laws must be put in place for the bajan thieves….

    Reply

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