August 16, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

The average Kenyan farmer is 63-years-old; Government wants to make Agriculture compulsory in Schools to lure Youths

The average Kenyan farmer is 63-years-old; Government wants to make Agriculture compulsory in Schools to lure Youths

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As a Kenyan, I know it is a fact that the youth shuns agriculture, and the thought of being a farmer is looked at as the ‘plan-Z.’ The go-to plan, when all avenues to making it in life have failed miserably. Doing agriculture is just not that cool to many youths.

However, when you think about it, Kenya and Africa’s population is growing fast. Meaning that is a lot of mouths to feed, and demand for agricultural products is also steadily on the increase. On the other side, blue-collar jobs are hard and getting even harder to come by. There are hundreds of thousands of graduates coming out of the institutions of higher learning every year, but employment rate is a far cry from this figure.

So when you think about it carefully, the agricultural sector that is being shunned by many youths is actually getting a lot of demand, but there is just not enough human labor. The little there is is from the senior citizens who practice outdated, inefficient, and ineffective agricultural practices. So naturally, there is going to be a food deficit.

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