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4-H Club to train 300 youths in agriculture

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS), says plans are afoot to train 300 youth in agriculture starting in November.

Grant, who was the guest speaker at the 17th anniversary of the Lauriston and Thompson Pen 4-H Club in St Catherine on Saturday, said the training is to cost $12 million.

"We are aware of the problem of persons leaving university and not getting a job. We are preparing them as entrepreneurs in agro-processing and agriculture so that they can be their own boss, and that will help them to contribute positively," Grant said.

Grant said that the Agriculture Credit Board and the 4-H Club movement, of which he is the board chairman, would be giving $6 million towards the training programme. He said that the training would be done on campuses in Clarendon, St Thomas, and Westmoreland.

The 4-H Club movement, which is 75 years old, has a membership of 86,000 and is growing, according to Grant. The Government has provided $201 million to the 4-H movement this year, up from $183 million last year.