Support Available for Young Farmers in St. Thomas

Date Published: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jamaica Youth Business Trust has launched a Youth in Agriculture Project, whihc seeks to provide start-up finance,
training and business mentoring, along with other support services to existing and aspiring young farmers in St. Thomas. 

This is a pilot project funded by Queen’s Young Leaders Grant, where rural young people between the ages 18-35, will be engaged in various agricultural activities, which involves two components.

First, financial and non-financial support to existing farmers to strengthen their farming business, including
mentorship support.

Secondly, a Youth in Agriculture Apprenticeship programme is geared towards raising the awareness and promotion of agriculture, as a viable career choice to young people. The programme seeks to generate interest for aspiring young farmers, which will see them starting their own business venture from the opportunity of the “hands-on” experience. 

 

There is no cost to register for the programme. Persons who are interested should contact the Jamaica Youth Business Trust at 929 0236

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be age 18 – 35
  • Live in St Thomas
  • Must have or can access farm lands (title or lease agreement will be required as proof)
  • Must be willing to attend training sessions and project requirements
  • Must be able to read and write
  • Interested in Crop Production (short-term crops)
  • Start-ups and Existing Farmers
  • Unemployed