How can agriculture be made attractive to the youth as a form of employment?
In 2012, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics revealed that 64% of Ugandan youth were unemployed. Given that 74% of Uganda’s population are below the age of 30 years, there is an immediate need for job creation.
According to research at Makerere University, agriculture provides employment to about 66% of Uganda’s workforce but unemployed youth generally have negative attitude towards employable opportunities in the Agricultural. Some of the reasons for this situation are; youth think agriculture is labor intensive and less profitable, parents encourage their children to study professions like medicine, law, accountancy, (generally white collar professions) and in schools, cultivation activities are seen or used by teachers as forms of punishment hence inculcating a negative attitude against the profession.
How can agriculture be made attractive to the youth as a field of employment?
A. Teach Agriculture both at home and schools
B. Encourage the private sector, like banks, to invest in agriculture
C. The government should increase budgeting towards the agricultural sector
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