Encouraging youngsters to become ‘farmers’

Publish on: 02 Mar 2016

Potatoes and onions amongst other foods are imported to Mauritius. Taking into consideration the economy and competitiveness of the country, self-sufficiency in some food items should be attained to make the country more competitive and more food secure. Since there is a conditioned mind-set of obtaining a ‘white collar’ graduate-job in Mauritius, there is a decreasing number of farmers in the country. The farming population is an ageing one and very few youngsters are interested to work the land, be it manually or mechanically. As a result of all these factors, more and more food and food products need to be imported to meet the demanding needs of the population. Considering this, should youngsters be encouraged to become ‘farmers’ in terms of seeing a bright future in agriculture? What incentives or schemes should be provided to do so? Should agricultural productivity and innovative ways of farming other than the conventional way, be taught at tertiary level to educate youngsters about the urgent need of a new farming generation with new farming techniques?

By Lakshmi Bhugowandee
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