‘We need you’ – Barbados Minister steers youth toward agriculture

Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo and IICA Representative, Ena Harvey, presenting Shem Wilson of Antigua with his prizes for copping the Most Outstanding Student Award at the IICA graduation ceremony last Friday. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)
Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo and IICA Representative, Ena Harvey, presenting Shem Wilson of Antigua with his prizes for copping the Most Outstanding Student Award at the IICA graduation ceremony last Friday. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo has re-iterated the importance of youth involvement in the future viability of the local agriculture sector.

She expressed this view recently while addressing the graduation ceremony of the Youth Farm 2016 held under the aegis of the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation in Agriculture, (IICA) in Building No.2, Harbour Industrial Estate, St. Michael.

Senator Byer Suckoo pointed out that while careers in medicine, pharmacy, plumbing, legal, engineering and information technology were important, so too were the skills of agricultural workers.

“My message to you [graduates] is simple – We need you. Whether it is [pursuing opportunities] as crop scientists, soil scientists, plant breeders, crop farmers, livestock farmers or greenhouse specialists, we need you all,” she insisted.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

Spotlight on Youth in Agriculture

Today, in our continuing series on youth in agriculture, we feature Mr. Marli Browne, compliments of Tech4Agri.

Tech4agri Team Member, Christopher paid a visit to an ordinary citizen in Sandre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Marli Browne. Marli, who does not have a background in agriculture explained how he got into the field. Having been initially exposed to hydroponic production by Tech4Agri he decided to seek out additional information on his own. He was able to learn how to grow lettuce and patchoi hydroponically. He is now able to make larger sales and his farming activity is now a family effort.

Join us, each week as we showcase this web series made by youth for youth to assist in their agri-business endeavours.

Spotlight on Youth in Agriculture

Today, we begin to place the spotlight on agriculture through a series of videos, compliments of Tech4agri that feature young people in the sector. Join us, each week as we showcase this web series made by youth for youth to assist in their agri-business endeavours.