Foster Cummings MP, Minister of Youth Development and National Service tours an agri-entrepreneur’s farm in Wallerfield. (Image courtesy Ministry of Youth Development and National Service)

The deadline for applications to the Youth Agricultural Homestead Programme (YAHP) has been extended to 4:15 pm on Thursday 24th March 2022.  The original deadline was March 14th.

The Programme was launched officially on Tuesday 1st March 2022, and online applications are still open for interested participants at the Ministry’s website, www.mydns.gov.tt

“Ultimately, we anticipate that participants will become successful 21st-century agri-business entrepreneurs in a sector that requires significant youth injection for the sustainable development future of Trinidad and Tobago,” explained Minister Foster Cummings MP, during the official YAHP launch on March 1st. 

He added: “This sector is crucial to providing healthy foods and lifestyles, enhanced community livelihoods, food and nutrition security. A sector that requires serious stimulation for economic diversification and to offset food insecurity and this country’s food import bill.”

The YAHP offers young nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 years an opportunity to become 21st century agribusiness entrepreneurs.

The Ministry says selected applicants will be required to enrol in a full-time programme through the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Centeno. Year 1 will focus on Agricultural Apprenticeship Training, while Year 2 will expose participants to Practical and Business Development.

“On completion of the ‘in-person’ training, successful participants will be awarded a Certificate in Agriculture and Agro-Processing,” the Ministry confirms.

“In the second year, participants who have attained the necessary grades and maintained the required attendance rate will then qualify to receive a grant, starter homes and sheds to pursue their agri-business ventures,” the Ministry added.

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For more information about YAHP requirements and the application process, interested persons are invited to call 612-9367, or visit www.mydns.gov.tt/yahp