Caribbean young people, many of whom are formally educated, even at the university level, are said to be increasingly seeing prospects in the agricultural sector, in the face of a tightening job market.
A report on caribbean360.com featured 31-year-old Dominican, Kamarsha Sylvester, who graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology (major) and International Affairs (minor).
Sylvester is owner and production director of “Taste of Eden”, a business located in Paix Bouche, a village in Dominica.
‘Taste of Eden’ produces green seasoning and herbal tea bags.
“In our green seasoning, we have all types of herbs and spices,” she says, listing among them Bazil, Thyme, Celery, Parsley, Onion, and Garlic.
According to Sylvester, the idea of an agribusiness was first floated light-heartedly when she was still a university student in St. Augustine, in Trinidad.
Sylvester was one of the young entrepreneurs at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2016 Agriculture Marketplace, which ran from October 26 to 28, and which provided stakeholders in the agricultural sector the opportunity to meet and network with potential customers, prospects and partners, while showcasing their products and services.
In addition to her agribusiness, Sylvester is a trained community tourism officer and is also an electrician, which helps to supplement her income. She says her business is not yet at the point where she can live solely off its earnings, but she is optimistic.
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