GIS - July 27, 2012: A new generation of farmers must rise said yesterday the Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security, Mr S. Faugoo, at Ilot during the award of certificates ceremony of the national agricultural clubs’ projects competition. He urged the young persons present to consider for a career in agriculture or in agribusiness as an agro entrepreneur.
Mr J.P Teeluck, Director of the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit (AREU), assured that through its women and youth unit AREU will continue to support the development of agricultural clubs and promote agriculture and existing opportunities among the youth, women, unemployed and small entrepreneur.
The national agricultural clubs’ projects competition was organised by AREU in 2011 to reflect the Ministry’s policy towards agri-businesses. In 2007, a new club level was integrated in the unit, viz. Agricultural Entrepreneur Clubs (AEC) which target those who wished to undertake agricultural production on a commercial basis.
The following clubs are currently affiliated with AREU:
• 30 Agricultural Youth Clubs regrouping youths of age 12 to 25 with a total number of 874 members.
• 25 Women Agricultural Clubs having 757 members
• 17 Agricultural Entrepreneur Clubs having 207 members
The objectives of Agricultural Clubs are:
(i) to develop interest in agriculture among the youth and women;
(ii) to develop the knowledge and skills of members so as to enable them to undertake agricultural activities with a professional approach; and
(iii) to encourage and enable them to set up their own agricultural business and be self employed.
The new impetus on food security coupled with the modernisation of the sector and support to agro industrial development, the sector today offers emerging opportunities through the whole agricultural value chain from production to marketing including provision of services. Women and Youths can further contribute towards the sector’s development.