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Campbell says agricultural science should be mandatory in high schools

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:13 PM
Dayton Campbell ... young Jamaicans should be taught to recognise that they can have lucrative careers in agriculture.

Opposition  Spokesman on Agriculture Dr Dayton Campbell says the government should make agricultural science a mandatory subject in high schools arguing that agriculture is more than just "tilling the soil".

According to Campbell, young Jamaicans should be taught to recognise that they can have lucrative  careers in the field.

Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate, Campbell making the subject  mandatory would be one way of ensuring that young  Jamaicans "break the cycle of poverty".

The MP for the largely farming constituency of St Ann North West also said that agriculture is critical  to Jamaica's development given the number  employed in the sector.

The Jamaica Agricultural Society  has said there are more than 200,000 registered farmers with thousands more unregistered ones.

Capital investment in agriculture has declined over the years significantly affecting production.

The intensification of the climate change process and diversification issues have also been impacting the sector's growth.

At present, students have the option of pursuing agricultural science at two levels - the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination.