HEART Trust North­west stages Yam Expo

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Okoye Henry Gleaner Writer

THE VER­SA­TIL­ITY of Ja­maican yel­low and white yams was on full ex­hibit at the HEART Trust North­west TVET In­sti­tute’s in­au­gu­ral Yam Expo 2016, in Ke­nil­worth, Hanover, re­cently.

Stu­dents of the in­sti­tu­tion used the tu­bers to make del­i­ca­cies such as punches milk­shakes, soups and pas­tries.

The ideas for the fu­sions of in­gre­di­ents came from the trainees of the Ke­nil­worth Cam­pus as well as the Fal­mouth Cam­pus in Trelawny.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ru­ral Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Author­ity’s (RADA) Home Eco­nomics Unit and the Ja­maica 4-H Clubs were on site to pro­vide guid­ance and also show­cased some cre­ations of their own, such as yel­low yam chicken nuggets and buns. HEART Trust North­west TVET In­sti­tute’s Fal­mouth cam­pus team shows off their bot­tled yam punch.

The expo also fea­tured a fine­din­ing restau­rant where stu­dents from high schools who were in­vited, as well as mem­bers from the Ke­nil­worth com­mu­nity, were ex­posed to, among other things, an ar­ray of yam-themed ap­pe­tiz­ers, en­trées and desserts.


“We at Ke­nil­worth asked our trainees to be­come cre­ative by blend­ing other prod­ucts with yam to make dif­fer­ent dishes, and so a lot of re­search went into find­ing out the whole ver­sa­til­ity of yam,” ex­plained Paulette Taylor, the North­west TVET In­sti­tute’s deputy man­ager of train­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

Taylor said an­other side to the event was to teach trainees to be­come bet­ter en­trepreneurs.

“We have an en­tre­pre­neur­ial club here, that ac­tu­ally teaches our trainees how to be­come en­trepreneurs and how they can ac­quire the skills to use these prod­ucts to gen­er­ate in­come. So we hope the trainees will find this event in­stru­men­tal in their lives and, from what they see here, they can em­bark on sim­i­lar projects and be­come true en­trepreneurs, and earn from it to make a liv­ing,” said Taylor.

Sa­kee Grant, RADA’s act­ing agri­cul­ture ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer for the Cas­cade area in Hanover, said the expo has done a lot to gen­er­ate youth in­ter­est in agri­cul­ture.

“We gave some of the trainees and visi­tors a demon­stra­tion of the mini-set tech­nol­ogy and vine tech­nol­ogy that are use in yam pro­duc­tion, as we are seek­ing to pro­mote yam and sweet yam pro­duc­tion in the parish,” said Grant.

North­west TVET In­sti­tute is al­ready pre­par­ing for next year’s expo, where the in­sti­tu­tion plans to fo­cus on sweet pota­toes.


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