MASSY FOUNDATION DONATES THOUSANDS TOWARDS SECONDARY QUALIFICATION IN AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

Agriculture is far being sweaty and digging in fields now, Barbadians can be missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in a perpetually successful industry.

This warning from Chris DeCaires, chairman of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF), he was addressing students and stakeholders at the Cave Hill School of Business for the presentation of an $80,000.00 cheque by the Massy Foundation for secondary school children to complete a National Vocational Qualification in Agriculture as Entrepreneurship.

This warning from Chris DeCaires, chairman of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF), he was addressing students and stakeholders at the Cave Hill School of Business for the presentation of an $80,000.00 cheque by the Massy Foundation for secondary school children to complete a National Vocational Qualification in Agriculture as Entrepreneurship.

Mr DeCaires alerted his audience that agriculture is highly mechanized now and what was once a dirty job can lead to prosperous tenures involving tourism since many visitors journey to Barbados to sample our cuisine and local produce, he urged the audience to take a closer look at their receipts the next time they return from the supermarket and realise the money spent there proves Agriculture is a Billion dollar per year industry and nothing to dismiss lightly…

Students from Ellerslie, St George Secondary, St Leonard's Boys, the Alleyne Secondary, Grantley Adams Memorial and the Daryl Jordan were enlisted by the Barbados Entre[reneurship Foundation for the course recognised by the Caribbean Examinations Council.

Students from Ellerslie, St George Secondary, St Leonard’s Boys, the Alleyne Secondary, Grantley Adams Memorial and the Daryl Jordan were enlisted by the Barbados Entre[reneurship Foundation for the course recognised by the Caribbean Examinations Council.

Celeste Foster, CEO of the BEF, sees the science as a means of advancing Barbadian youth in a tough career arena. She’s concerned at what appears to be diminishing interest in agriculture as a profession, she cited some figures of particular concern to her and the Foundation, she says too many Bajan graduands opt for one certificate as it relates to Agriculture and it is the BEF’s hope this CVQ will stem the leak in agricultural talent.

Emphasising Ms Foster's concern was one of the teachers present for the launch, while disdain against agriculture in the 80s and 90s was high it appears to be reversing now, although he noticed an aversion to the profession can still rear its ugly head now and then, he observed when he devlares he teaches Agriculture people look on with disdain but if he says he teaches Literature or Science then they have a more contented regard.

Emphasising Ms Foster’s concern was one of the teachers present for the launch, while disdain against agriculture in the 80s and 90s was high it appears to be reversing now, although he noticed an aversion to the profession can still rear its ugly head now and then, he observed when he devlares he teaches Agriculture people look on with disdain but if he says he teaches Literature or Science then they have a more contented regard.

Everton Browne, Chairman of Massy Foundation, presented the cheque of eighty-thousand to the BEF’s chair, Mr DeCaires. Six rural-based secondary institutions benefit from the injection into the programme, the results of their study will be on display at the grounds of the Central Bank come December 10th.

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