This country’s youth are very excited about the field of agriculture.
That’s according to Minister of Youth Development and National Service (MYDNS) Foster Cummings.
Cummings was speaking at the launch of a new part-time cycle of the Youth Agricultural Homestead Programme (YAHP) at the Government Campus Plaza on Thursday, November 24.
The Minister said this cycle will allow for 200 successful applicants to attend evening and weekend classes starting in 2023. Cummings also noted that the MYDNS is working to dispel the myth that young people are not into farming.
Also in attendance, was Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Kazim Hosein, who shared that his Ministry’s intent is to continue to work hand-in-hand with the MYDNS to create sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, and to make the agricultural sector more appealing to a younger generation through the use of technology.
Minster in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Adrian Leonce shared that his Ministry and the Land Settlement Agency are encouraged by the YAHP Programme as it promises to breathe new life into the agricultural sector.
According to the MYDNS, YAHP is a strategic social intervention that provides young nationals with training, land, a homestead, and the necessary technical and financial support to become successful 21st-century agribusiness entrepreneurs.
The part-time cycle of the programme offers two hundred (200) participants, who may be either employed or self-employed, the opportunity to learn agricultural practices via virtual classes, creating a more convenient and flexible avenue for persons to contribute to the sustainable development of our local agricultural sector.
The programme will be administered by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to young persons, aged 18-35 years. Upon successful completion, participants will receive accredited certificates in Agriculture and Agro-Processing Training.
Applications open on Friday, November 25, via the Ministry’s website at www.mydns.gov.tt
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