Trinidad and Tobago: $100k grant committed to build agro-preneurs among youth

The La Brea Police Youth Club is committed to build agro-preneurs among the youth in their community. The south-based group recently received $100,000 from the Digicel Foundation to implement an agricultural project to prepare youth for opportunities to generate an income through growing their own food.

Over 30 young persons from the New Lands, La Brea community are expected to be involved in the project, which will focus on developing horizontal and agricultural hydroponic units and grow boxes.

Youth will be trained on the new agriculture practices and how to care for the produce while using traditional methods and hydroponics technology. The systems will also be automated to boost efficiency. The Police Youth Club is also exploring incorporating solar energy and rainwater farming projects.

The La Brea Police Youth Club will also include rain water harvesting as part of its thrust to make the community project self-sufficient, sustainable, and environmentally responsible. Donald Baldeosingh, president of The Carbon Zero Institute (CZITT) has stepped forward and has been lending technical advice to the team.

Leader of the La Brea Police Youth Club WPC Jasmine Vesprey-David shared, “The youth will be engaged in this project learning about the traditional grow boxes to the solar-powered hydroponics system. It will afford them the opportunity to become agro–preneurs. She added, “This will have a long-lasting impact on their lives.”

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