The Dominica State College (DSC) says it will launch an Agri-business Entrepreneurship Program on Friday January 22nd 2016. Officials say this is the first program of its kind to be launched by the DSC, and is a departure from the regular agriculture courses offered by the college over the years.
According to an official release, the program was designed in partnership with the Dalhousie University of Canada, for people in the agriculture value chain, who wish to develop or increase their production of agriculture products and services, that can be marketed to generate and manage profit. This includes using sustainable principles for primary production, processing, marketing, sales and or procurement.
The release states further that throughout the programme, candidates will develop a product from inception to market, utilizing skills all along the value chain. This program is reportedly expected to develop individuals who are self-motivated self-starters, with the skills to be sustainably self-employed, and able to provide employment to further develop agriculture in Dominica.
This evening programme is developed primarily for candidates who have completed the current agriculture sciences program or have the necessary agriculture production knowledge and skills to develop a product for sale and secondly for existing small business owners, farmers and processors who have production skills in one or more commodities and wish to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills to create a successful enterprise.
Some of the main modules in the programme are Occupational Health and Safety, Choosing Products or Services, Management of Physical & Financial Assets and Liabilities of the Business, Management of Human Resources and Delivery of Customer Service. Leading stakeholders of the agri-business industry, DSC Administration, CARICOM – Education for Employment Project official and leadership of the Dominica TVET Council are expected to address Friday's launch.
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