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Youth in Agriculture village at Denbigh

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Dr Ronald Blake (right), makes a presentation to 4-H Clubite, Martin Rose, during the prize-giving exercise at the Denbigh Agricultural Show in 2015. *** Local Caption *** Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Dr Ronald Blake (right), makes a presentation to 4-H Clubite, Martin Rose, during the prize-giving exercise at the Denbigh Agricultural Show in 2015.
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Youth in Agriculture village at Denbigh

The Youth in Agriculture (YIA) village, to be set up at this year's Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, will focus on entrepreneurship among young farmers.

The village, themed 'My Dream: Agripreneurship', is an added feature at this year's show, which will be held on the Denbigh Showgrounds in May Pen, Clarendon, from July 30 to August 1.

An initiative of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Youth in Agriculture programme is being spearheaded by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs to increase young people's involvement in agriculture.

Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Dr Ronald Blake, said the entrepreneurship focus came out of the 4-H Clubs' observation of the high level of unemployment among youth in the country.

He noted that there will be competitions to reinforce the theme, with persons from 17 to 25 years from high schools, tertiary institutions and the community taking part.

Blake said that in addition to visits to the booths, the young people will compete in designing products that will enhance the agricultural sector through technology.

The competitions include creating a mobile app, business plan or model, jingles, budding and grafting, cattle judging, a social media agri-promotion, and an agri-processing and nutraceutical contest.

He said that in addition to the business opportunities, the village will provide information that will encourage youth to pursue vocational studies in agriculture.