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Hi-Pro aids development of farmers

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Dayne Patterson (left), business development manager for Hi-Pro, presents a Certificate of Course Completion to Susan Shegreen (front right), one of the graduates from the St Elizabeth Women’s Association workshop facilitated by Joseph and Alice Mulaa (first and second right, back row). Looking on is Rebecca Harper.
Graduates of the first workshop in the series hosted by Hi-Pro under the theme ‘From Subsistence to Success’ respond to an address from Dayne Patterson (foreground left), business development manager at Hi-Pro, at the Grace Tabernacle Church, Sharpers Lane, Gutters, St Catherine, on November 3.

The Hi-Pro Division of the Jamaica Broilers Group has introduced a new initiative to assist farmers to move 'From Subsistence to Success' - which is the theme of a series of six-week workshops offering training in life skills for their growth and development.

There are more than 50,000 small farmers islandwide who operate at a subsistence level, and through the current series of workshops, Hi-Pro will offer training in life-coping skills, based on biblical values, in addition to its ongoing free technical advice.

"Our farmers work hard, but many lack the tools to build successful lives. So this initiative is to help them get ahead by offering training in such areas as family life, conflict resolution, anger management, bookkeeping and stewardship. It takes coping skills, together with technical know-how and God's guidance to get ahead in life," said Conley Salmon, vice-president of Jamaica Broilers Group, with responsibility for the Hi-Pro Division.




The pilot programme began in October and will run until the end of January, 2016.

Dayne Patterson, business development manager for Hi-Pro, noted that the pilot series of workshops is being conducted by Kenyan missionaries Joseph and Alice Mulaa of the Family Life Equipping Network.

The first set of 35 graduates were presented with Hi-Pro certificates at a graduation ceremony in early November at the Grace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Old Harbour. The second graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 25, at the Shambra, Malvern, St Elizabeth, for members of the St Elizabeth Women's Group, which has been adopted by Food for the Poor. Patterson said upon learning of the Hi-Pro social intervention programme, Food for the Poor asked the Jamaica Broilers Group division to conduct a course especially for those women, which was a resounding success.

"We are pleased with the feedback from the first two sets of participants, many of whom have shared how they enjoyed the novel and interesting way in which the Mulaas presented the information, which has helped them to understand how to apply the knowledge in a practical way.

Other workshops in the series are set to take place in Mandeville and White Marl, St Catherine, shortly.