Monday 27 January, 2020

Paul urges parents to put young ones to work

James Paul speaking to food vendors at an Agrofest workshop.

James Paul speaking to food vendors at an Agrofest workshop.

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, is hoping to see more young people involved in food agriculture, especially at the upcoming Agrofest exhibition. 

He has urged parents and guardians who work in the sector to put young ones to work as a way to keep them out of trouble. He also noted getting youth involved in the cultivation of food ensures the industry is sustainable in the future.  

Paul made his comments at a food handling workshop conducted by the BAS for festival which is to be held from February 23- 25 at Queen's Park.  

"We tend not to take the young people [seriously] that are interested in agriculture... we do not encourage our young people to get involved in agriculture." 

He urged those in attendance at the workshop who own agricultural based businesses to get their children involved in some way, noting some wait until the children are adults to initiate them into the business.  

Paul also disclosed the organizers of Agrofest were seeking out strategic ways to increase numbers such as partnering with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. to encourage more visitors to the island at the exhibition. He also said the first day of the festival last year saw record numbers, a significant improvement over previous years, and the BAS would be tweaking a few things to ensure these numbers improve yet again.  

On a point of safety, Paul said security measures will be intensified for the festival to ensure "nothing unusual will happen", as he called for cooperation of all exhibitors.  

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