Agriculture’s business side taking Agrofest spotlight


AGRICULTURE AS A BUSINESS will be pushed to children again at Agrofest next year.

“If we can at least engender good business practices among young people who are involved in agriculture at a very early age, it will help,” said chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, yesterday.

“Very often when we talk about agriculture, it is viewed from the background of our parents, how they did it, rather than today’s world in terms of how it is being done,” he added.

Paul was speaking to students of Gordon Walters Primary School

in St Patrick’s, Christ Church, who took the top three spots in last year’s oral competition in Agrofest.

Again this year the BAS has partnered with Junior Achievement to host the Agrofest competitions to give children a greater appreciation of the business of running an agricultural venture. In addition to the oral, essay and poster competitions, there will be a treasure hunt which will focus on enhancing the oral skills of the students.

Paul encouraged other schools to participate in the various aspects of the competition.

Director of Junior Achievement, Marsha-Ann Clarke, said they had coined the term “Agripreneurship”, which was taught

to the children. (LK)



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