Something Extra | Thursday
The agro-processing learning lab at the Knockalva Polytechnic College in Ramble, Hanover, was officially opened recently. The lab will help prepare students for agro-processing and the wider world of agribusiness, while providing greater access to tertiary education for persons in western Jamaica. Speaking at the virtual ceremony, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, said the lab will allow Knockalva to produce better quality students, targeted in the direction that the ministry is going. He commended the Advance team, USAID and all the other partners who have been working together to develop a modern, research-based, sustainable agricultural sector. Principal Pauleen Reid said it will enable students to continue gaining practical, hands-on experience and, ultimately, contribute to the growth and development of the country. The goal of the USAID Advance Programme is to enable more young people, especially those from disadvantaged populations, to obtain new or better employment.