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Posted by SR (riley) on Dec 15 2016 at 11:14 PM
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One hundred and sixty four agriculture students have received scholarships valued at $9.4 million through the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund. The scholarships were presented during a function held on December 2 at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Headquarters.Under the agreement between Rio Tinto and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, the fund will give assistance to students pursuing agricultural studies at vocational, secondary and tertiary institutions in the parishes of St. Ann, St. Catherine and Manchester.

Some of the beneficiary schools for the 2016 cohort include: York Castle, Brown’s Town, Jonathan Grant, Guy’s Hill and Bog Walk High Schools and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education.The scholarship covers tuition, transportation, books and lunch costs.In his remarks, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, said he was pleased that the scholarships were provided to students at both the secondary and tertiary level.  “This significantly supports our own efforts, through our Youth in Agriculture Programme to attract and engage young people in making a career in the agriculture and agro-industry sectors,” he said.

The Minister’s speech was read by Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr. Don McGlashan.Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Dr. Ronald Blake expressed his appreciation for the initiative and its $33.5 million investment in agricultural education over a six year period.Pointing to the recent reports of a 2.3 percent growth in the Jamaican economy for the July to September quarter, Dr. Blake noted that there is a correlation between growth in the agricultural sector and growth in the economy.  “There is no other sector that has the capacity and the sustainability of growing the Jamaican economy than the agricultural sector.  It is against that background that I want to say how grateful we are to Rio Tinto for this great contribution to the economic development of Jamaica,” he said.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, the Rio Tinto Steering Committee and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Limited attended the ceremony.The scholarship programme started in 2010 and is funded by Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. (formerly Alcan) through investments in Jamaica under the management of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).The scholarship programme, was established in recognition of the long-standing relationship between the organization and the Government of Jamaica.