Farming is the backbone of every country but nowadays many youngsters hesitate to enter in this profession.
Why is this the case and what can be done to avoid it?
Farming hold a central role in food security in ensuring a reliable food supply in every country. Farmers significantly fulfills the need for food for a growing populations. However, in our generation today, most young people shy away from this profession. This paper seeks to identify factors leading to poor participation of the youth in farming and to look for a right approach to incite young minds interest in this sector.
The number of youth that engage in farming industry today is continuously declining in every country. Newly graduates from rural areas are flocking to big cities to find work, sidelining farming. This trend is so alarming because if there is no future generation of farmers to take on the job, there will be no food in the table for the people. One of the reasons seen why youth have become disenchanted with farming is because of their perception that farming is being antiquated and unprofitable. Another reason is that the present society stereotyping farmers as less educated and parents frame their children to get education as a way out of farming. As a result, when they grow-up, it will become unappealing career choice for them.
Another important concern to look into is to find better solution to reverse this trend and reignite young people’s interest of farming. Attracting them back to work in agriculture will requires strong collaboration between government and the community in promoting farming as a sunshine industry. Firstly, to make it attractive to young workers, the government must formulate incentive policies to lure them back to farming. Secondly, the community must entice young generations to take up agricultural related degrees. The declining interest of youth to do farming is so disturbing that will have to be address the identified challenges the soonest to avoid unfavorable effects.
To summarise, the reluctance of young workforce to work in the farm will have a big impact to global food supply. Both sectors should offer clear career guidance for the young individuals to sustain their interest in agriculture. Without them the situation could be very uncertain.