PORT OF SPAIN. Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Foster Cummings, yesterday, May 26, 2022, addressed residents of Mayo and its environs at a Community Meeting for the Implementation of the Mayo Community Agricultural Project (MCAP). The meeting took place at the Mayo Roman Catholic Primary School in Mayo.
During his remarks, Minister Cummings stated that “The Government is committed to positioning agriculture as a career option for young people and those interested.” Furthermore, he explained that the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) and the Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL), intend to provide all the necessary support to the residents of Mayo in their endeavours to expand their agricultural pursuits.
MCAP will promote training in Sustainable Agricultural Practices, the development of a Farmers’ Agricultural Co-operative, and the development of a Model Farm. Additionally, this project will utilise forty acres of TCL lands in the Mayo community to facilitate a minimum of forty small-scale farming operations for residents of Mayo and its environs.
Senator the Honourable Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, pledged his Ministry’s support to the Mayo Community Agricultural Project and, , indicating that “the Ministry welcomes this initiative as we aim to improve food security and increase employment in the Mayo community”.
Also speaking at Thursday’s event were Mr Guillermo Rojo De Diego, General Manager of Trinidad Cement Limited; Ms Charmaine Mc Millan-Simon, Commissioner for Co-operative Development; Mr Sean Ramrattan, Director of Youth Affairs and Ms Marina Flores, Co-operative Officer
The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service remains committed to bringing all stakeholders together to promote youth development and encourages civic-minded citizens to contribute to national service across Trinidad and Tobago.