YOUTHS can learn about organic farming for free, thanks to a programme organised by Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (Cetdem).
A total of 30 participants will be selected to undergo the 11-month stint from February to December this year.
Project adviser Gurmit Singh said those who undergo the course would be able to pursue organic farming full-time, venture into the retail business or even open organic-based restaurants.
“This is our first time undertaking such a project to train youths for the organic farming industry.
“It aims to not only create interest in the sector but also build livelihoods, ” he said, adding that it would open up job opportunities in the farm-to-table organic agriculture value chain.
The programme is open to those aged between 18 and 35 and they must be based in the Klang Valley.
“We will follow all the necessary Covid-19 standard operating procedure when conducting the course which features both classroom and hands-on training, ” said Gurmit.
Participants will learn the techniques and practice of organic farming, certification, processing, marketing and networking with other farmers, retailers and consumers.The programme is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme and Cetdem and the closing date for registration is Jan 15.
For details, visit www.cetdem.org.my or call 03-7875 7767/ 016-219 5826. — By SHEILA SRI PRIYA
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