Shade House Applications close on October 7

The Honourable Foster Cummings, Minister of Youth Development and National Service (c) accompanied by (from left) representatives from the University of the West Indies , Farook Hosein – Permanent Secretary MYDNS and Programme Coordinator of the Project Implementation Unit – Gachille Gilkes Edwards

Applications for the Youth Agriculture Shade House Project will close on Friday 7th October, 2022. Interested applicants can access the online application form via the Ministry’s website –

The Shade House project, an initiative of the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service (MYDNS) offers young nationals between the ages of 16 and 35 years an opportunity to be enrolled in a full time one (1) year programme at the University of West Indies

This opportunity is for young persons who have completed Secondary School and have demonstrated a passion for farming. The programme is intended to run for a three (3) year term aimed at training a cadre of youth farmers, one hundred 100 persons will be selected per cycle.

Selected applicants will be enrolled through the University of West Indies, St. Augustine in collaboration with the Co-operative Republic of Guyana – National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute. On completion of the “in person” training, successful participants will be awarded an accredited Certificate in Shade House Production and with NAREI in Guyana.

“Ultimately, we anticipate participants becoming successful 21st century farmers in traditional and modern techniques. The Agri sector requires significant youth injection for the creation of a sustainable environment in Trinidad and Tobago,” explained the Honourable Foster Cummings, Minister of Youth Development and National Service. “This sector is crucial to providing healthy foods and lifestyles, enhanced community livelihoods and offsetting food insecurity and this country’s food import bill.”

Applications remain open until Friday 7th October, 2022. For more information about requirements and the application procedures, interested persons are invited to call 612-9367 Ext. 3033 or visit

The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service remains committed to advancing the lives of our young people by providing programmes and services that cater to their personal and professional development.