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Nutramix helps boost youth involvement in agriculture

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Nutramix has made an effort to boost youth involvement in agriculture, contributing more than $1 million to the 4H Clubs of Jamaica's activities at the recently concluded Denbigh Agri-Industrial Show.

Newport Mills Limited, a member of the CB Group, is manufacturer of Nutramix feeds.

With the support of Nutramix and the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), the Annual Youth Village expanded its space by 50 per cent this year.

Discussing Nutramix's involvement, Brand Manager Tina Hamilton said during the launch of the Youth Village that improving the involvement of younger generations was critical to developing the agriculture sector.

"A key plank of the CB Group's drive to develop a more sustainable agriculture industry is providing support to organisations like 4H," said Hamilton.

"We must show the youth the viability in agriculture and support their efforts to incorporate the use of technology in farming."

The support comes as part of the CB Group's ongoing push for youth involvement in agriculture through its brand known in the market as "the BIG Feed". Nutramix is also title sponsor of the annual National Farm Queen competition, a pageant based on technical and practical agricultural expertise.

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda used the opportunity of the Youth Village launch to call for the expanded youth village to not only be a temporary setup erected each year, but a permanent structure established similar to the structures installed and operated by various private entities around the Denbigh Show Grounds.

Samuda noted the refreshing 'wind of change' in the agriculture sector, adding that he had seen a remarkable revitalisation and sense of purpose in youth in Jamaica.