September 01, 2016
File Rickie Reid, a student at The College of Agriculture, Science and Education, shows the FHIA 25 bananas to Christina Brown Benjamin at the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon in July.

Recent graduates of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) are being invited to participate in an internship programme at Hardware and Lumber.

The internship programme will start on October 3, and will help persons to gain business exposure at the country's leading distributor of agricultural products. Persons have until September 9 to apply.

Agro Grace, the arm of Hardware and Lumber that is offering the internship, said successful candidates will be assigned to branches in Southfield, St. Elizabeth; Brown's Town, St Ann; Mandeville, Manchester; Montego Bay, St James; and Kingston.

The Labour Ministry has said that the expansion of the logistics hub will see the need to provide food for the influx of workers. This will mean that more food will be required to feed people on the island. The ministry said that the potential for growth in agriculture is found in the traditional areas of livestock, cattle rearing, and fisheries.

J.C. Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, has said he wants to see a 20 per cent growth in the agricultural sector in the July to September quarter 2016, when compared to the similar period of 2015. A growth in demand for agricultural products could lead to an increase in the number of persons employed in the sector.


Activities in agriculture will give rise to employment opportunities:

• Livestock producers

• Lab technicians

• Meat cutters

• Environmental officers

• Fishing boat operators

• Processing plant operator

• Bee keepers

• Tilapia farming/shrimp farming

• Veterinary technicians

• Hydroponic technicians

• Warehousing and distribution entrepreneurs

Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Security

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