Dislocated Banana Farmers in Jamaica Learn New Skills

BananasB20040309RBAbout 60 farmers from Maldon, Maroon Town, and adjoining communities, dislocated as a result of the downturn in the banana industry, are receiving specialized training in other skills such as tiling and housekeeping. The training projects are funded under the European Union Banana Resuscitation Program, and carried out by the HEART/NTA’s Granville Vocational Training Centre (VTC).

Acting Manager of Granville VTC, Olga James, stated that the participants had challenges attending the training centre, “Some persons who sat the test were successful while others could not afford to travel to the centre. We enrolled those who could come, and then we took the training to them in their home town.” She observed that “many persons who were willing to participate, could not manage the theory aspect of the training, hence arrangements were made for them to begin with the practical aspects, while plans were put in place for remedial instructions through the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning.” James also pointed out that the Maroon Town branch of the Jamaica Agricultural Society partnered with the Granville VTC to accomplish the tiling training for the marginalized farmers, as well as other enthusiastic citizens from the communities.

For full article, see http://www.jis.gov.jm/MinAgriFish/html/20090822T000000-0500_20876_JIS_DISLOCATED_BANANA_FARMERS_LEARN_NEW_SKILLS.asp

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