Minister of Youth visits ECIAF campus before start of YAHP
Youth Development and National Service Minister Foster Cummings described the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (ECIAF) campus at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) as ” by far the most suitable institution for our Youth Agricultural Homestead Program (YAHP) students.”
According to a news release, the campus has been designated to facilitate the training of approximately 200 Youth Agricultural Homestead Program (YAHP) students.
After the tour, Minister Cummings said:
“UTT’s ECIAF campus is, by far, the most suitable institution for our Youth Agricultural Homestead Program (YAHP) students. After visiting the facilities today, I believe they are ready to administer the one year certificate course in agriculture and agribusiness. Thus, the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service feels even more confident in partnering with UTT and ECIAF for the first-class and robust deployment mechanisms for the upcoming Youth Farm Programs and of national service.
Dr. Marlon Knights – Program Professor of Biosciences, Agriculture and Food Technology (BAFT), UTT, led the Minister and his team through the facility including poultry pens, goat pens, sales office and the innovation center.
Dr Knights explained: “This is the premier training institute for agricultural service providers. Our main focus remains agricultural production and forest management with particular emphasis on practical training.
Successful YAHP applicants, during the first year, will be enrolled in a full-time program at the ECIAF campus in Centeno, which will focus on agricultural apprenticeship training.
Year 2 will expose participants to hands-on farming and business development. Upon completion of the “in-person” training, successful participants will receive a certificate in agriculture and agro-industry. In the second year, participants who have achieved the necessary grades and maintained the required attendance will then be eligible to receive a grant, start-up house and shed to continue their agribusiness ventures.