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Agriculture as A Career Option For Today’s Youth
4 March 2013


The youth today are increasingly developing a negative view of agriculture as a source employment. This has been the biggest drawback of the rapid urbanisation and development. The population shift from villages to towns and cities, due to most young people opting out of the traditional agro-based sources of employment to white collared easy lifestyle is a cause of worry.

This shift has been partly due to lack of information and knowledge about the opportunities in the agricultural industry, as well as the flawed perceptions that most educated young people have about agriculture and farming. The misconception prevails that pursuing agriculture would give them a low social status as well as a low income.

Nothing can be far from the truth. The agriculture industry provides many opportunities which could give them not only a good income but also a good standing in the society if these were pursued properly. There is a need for awareness and adequate inputs by the governments to ensure an increased participation in agricultural activities by young people.


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