Jamaican youngsters encouraged to dig into agricultural sector

Floyd Green wants more Jamaican youngsters to venture into the agricultural sector.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, is encouraging the nation’s youth to tap into the potential income-earning opportunities to be derived from agriculture by, among other things, establishing enterprises in the sector.

“You should be thinking about how you can start your own farm.”

— Green

Noting that the tourism industry, in particular, consumes some $40 billion worth of the local produce annually, Green said young persons need to “take a share of the pie”, adding that in so doing, they would be assisting to reduce Jamaica’s annual US$900-million food import bill.

“I hope that all of you will get a share. There are so many items that we are not producing anyway near the demand for in Jamaica, and you should be thinking about how you can start your own farm,” the State Minister said

He was speaking at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs recent National Youth In Agriculture Symposium at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester.

The event, staged under the theme ‘I am Agri-Smart’, aimed to generate increased youth awareness about sector developments, with particular focus on agriculture education, entrepreneurship, and climate change-related issues.