There’s a move afoot to get more Barbadian students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.
In this regard, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick said he would seeking a meeting shortly with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Ronald Jones “to address agricultural curriculum development and seek to ensure that the curriculum in schools adequately meets the employment needs within the agriculture”.
Addressing a recent awards ceremony for a programme which provided agricultural training for 20 young people, Dr Estwick noted that a project was recently undertaken in Barbados and eight other Caribbean countries to “strengthen employment opportunities” within the sector.
This work, he said, was being carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization in association with the International Fund for Agriculture Development.
“The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, in order to benefit from the funds, will shortly be hosting a symposium for young people to present proposals on their agricultural business projects, which will be assessed and submitted to the Food and agriculture Organization, for favourable consideration,” he said.
However, Dr Estwick said despite the “commendable initiatives” a higher level of commitment and a greater allocation of resources were required to bring about a better appreciation and awareness among the youth of agriculture and its importance to food and nutrition security.
He said his ministry would also be partnering with the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation to stage its summer camp programme later this year.