Five Dominica State College (DSC) students, Rikisha Francis, Kieron John Lewis, Keanu Winston, Chea Seaman and Alyah LeBlanc who are pursing associate’s degrees in agriculture, have been awarded scholarships funded under the BAM program.
The award ceremony took place at the DSC’s Stockfarm campus on Tuesday 16th February 2016, where they were officially presented with the scholarships. The scholarships will cover tuition, textbooks and other tutorial equipment. However, the cost of the scholarship per student was not disclosed. Several agricultural textbooks were also donated to the Dominica State College during Tuesday’s ceremony.
Meanwhile, National Authorizing Officer of the European Development Fund, Carleen Roberts noted that the agricultural sector is severely challenged by the rapid aging and diminishing farming population in Dominica.
Ms Roberts said “It was well recognized that the development of the Agricultural sector is seriously challenged by the rapid aging and diminishing farming population, the reduced supply of farm labour, limited human resource capacity, perceived lack of interest by youth in agriculture related fields, and access to capital for investment”.
She added that the targeted support to youth in agriculture is imperative, if Dominica’s agricultural sector is to advance. “Therefore, emphasis must be placed on sustainability and continuity. It is fitting that the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) program gives support to the DSC’s Agriculture Program, to further enhance the quality of the graduates integrated in the agricultural sector”.
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