As the country moves ahead to impress upon young people the importance of Agriculture, the future success of the sector for residents of the sister isles has been placed in the hands of members of the 4-H movement, across the various primary and secondary schools.
Last week Wednesday the members, clad in their uniform and accompanied by their respective leaders were presented with garden tools and animals, donated by some members of the Carriacou Farmers Association and members of the general public. Among the livestock handed over were sheep, pigs, goats and poultry. The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs has committed to undertake to supply the feed for the animals at the various schools.
Speaking at the ceremony at the Limliar Livestock station, Chief Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Daniel Lewis, said that the exercise represents a healthy collaboration between the 4-H’ers, farmers and members of the public. In the presence of scores of children and farmers, Lewis said he was also pleased with the support given by the zero hunger initiative program, which only last week visited the sister isles.
He said that with the population expected to rise significantly in the coming years, the 4-H movement would be called upon to play a critical role in terms of food security. Lewis said that it is estimated that by 2050 the world population would be about 9 billion people.
Against this he pointed out, that’s why it’s important to incorporate the 4-H’ers at a young age on how to tether animals and plant, care and harvest crops.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Bernadette Sylvester termed the occasion as a revival of the 4-H movement. She applauded the farmers and donors for the initiative they have taken and admonished the 4-H’ers of their role and responsibilities in ensuring that the program is successful.
“This reflects your desire to place agriculture and food production in the hands of our youths so that we would have sustainable agricultural production.
“More food for our tables, more local revenue generated and more foreign exchange coming into the country”, ended the female permanent secretary.
About 80 students are enrolled in the program from the six primary and two secondary schools across Carriacou and Petite Martinique.