The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Duddley Kopu has said a massive re-education of the rural populace is needed to encourage young people to participate in agriculture and rural development.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday on his Ministry’s 2015 budget spending to improve private sector investment, Mr Kopu said there is a decline in the agriculture sector globally.
He said this has resulted in a trend where young people are drifting to the urban areas to seek formal employment.
He says rural training institutions are instrumental in generating the interest of young people in the Agriculture sector.
“A massive re-education of the rural population of rural development is needed to reverse the trend and to get young people interest in agriculture and rural development. In this regard, our rural training centres with the agriculture curriculum are contributing to reversing the trend in the declining workforce. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is continuing to work closely with the likes of Don Bosco Tetere, SINU School of Natural Resources and Applied Science and other institutions that provide training in agriculture for young people.”