More young people are taking up farming, says 4-H boss

Jamaica 4-H Clubs Executive Director Dr Ronald Blake presents an award at a previous edition of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show held in Clarendon.

MORE Jamaicans, especially young people, are getting into farming as a lucrative profession, says executive director of Jamaica’s 4-H Clubs, Dr. Ronald Blake.

He noted that with an average farmer age of 48.7, Jamaica has one of the youngest farming populations in the world, where the average age is 60.

Moreover, he argued that “the data [prove] that the multiplier effect of putting a dollar into agriculture is better than putting it into almost any other sector in this country”.

Dr Blake was speaking at a Young Farmer Lease Ceremony at Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon on Tuesday.

The initiative is part of the Agro-Investment Corporation’s Youth in Agriculture program and is supported by Jamaica’s 4-H clubs.

Dr Blake noted that the newly leased land, which is spread across agro-parks and production areas, is “some of the best agricultural land in the country”.

“The number of applications received shows that the demand for places is strong and further indicates that ‘young people want to get into farming’.

“There is no better investment,” he added.

He attributed the improved attractiveness of the agricultural sector to the work of Jamaica’s 4-H clubs for more than eight decades.

“We’ve continuously streamed a lot of young people, who don’t just come to the industry because they’re sent there but because they have a passion for it,” he said.

“The young people who have decided not to turn to something else, but they are [farming] the earth, I tell you, you made the right decision and the 4-H clubs of Jamaica are here to support you,” he added.

This year, 1,000 young Jamaicans will benefit from the Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP), which is the entrepreneurial training initiative of Jamaica’s 4-H clubs that provides various forms of assistance and development opportunities. to trainees.

“We train you and guide you through the tough parts. Eighty percent of small businesses fail in the first two years, but we have a success rate of nearly 70 percent,” Dr. Blake said.

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