Catch them younger

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ASHOK Kundu (30), son of a farmer who earned a dwelling by cultivating three acres at Khairi village in Uklana block, has migrated to Hisar together with his household. He is eager to start out his personal enterprise enterprise reasonably than following in his father’s footsteps. Kundu says, “Agriculture is no more a profitable occupation. It’s difficult for a farmer to give priority to the education of his children.” Kundu has leased out the household’s land to a different farmer within the village.

Amid such a dismal situation within the agriculture sector, the concept to introduce farm schooling on the center stage in colleges has come as a whiff of recent air for the peasantry. Farmers and agriculture say this is without doubt one of the many steps wanted to be taken to maintain farming within the household and be a focus for new-age entrepreneurs and businessmen to the sphere of agri-business.

Agriculture scientists say getting a job is a precedence for the kids. Though the latter attempt to discover choices in agri-business and different entrepreneurship arenas, lack of understanding and experience is a stumbling block for them, declare specialists, including that introduction to farm schooling at an early stage can flip the tide.

Declining share

As per a report of the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA), the share of the agriculture sector in Haryana’s financial system has been declining through the years. The share of agriculture and allied sectors within the GSDP has fallen from 60.7% in 1969-70 to 21.3% in 2006-07 and 15.3% in 2013-14.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pitched for introducing agriculture-related schooling on the center college stage. The PM has acknowledged that data of agriculture and its sensible utility on the college stage will assist in growing agriculture-related understanding in college students and allow them to disseminate details about trendy farming methods and advertising to their relations.

Sajjan Kumar, a younger villager from Bhiwani district, says it’s a great choice to introduce agriculture as a topic on the college stage. “As of now, students are acquainted with basic facts about agriculture during schooling. Agriculture needs to be introduced as a separate subject for comprehensive understanding of the field which is the mainstay of the economy of many states and the country as a whole,” he observes.

Kumar says the farming sector must be made enticing for the youthful lot. “Besides basic agriculture, there are related fields such as agro-entrepreneurship, marketing and processing which have the potential to employ huge human resources,” he provides.

Dr Kuldeep Dhindsa, an eminent agriculture scientist, says Haryana is a number one contributor of foodgrains and milk. “Agriculture is the principal occupation of the people in the state. But falling returns have led to lack of interest in the next generation of farmers in rural Haryana. Now, they prefer to be employed for a meagre Rs 10,000 per month in the private sector where they have to work for 8-10 hours a day,” he says, including that the general state of affairs may be improved if together with introducing agriculture in colleges, the federal government additionally take a critical view of the Swaminathan Commission suggestions.

Dr Dhindsa says Hisar-based Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) launched BSc Agriculture course as an built-in five-year programme after Class X to attract matriculates. “The PM’s initiative will bear fruit if the colleges and universities, too, start courses after matriculation,” he provides.

Dr Ram Kumar, an agriculturist, says publicity to agriculture as a topic in colleges is just not sufficient to draw the brand new technology to agriculture-related occupations. “A meagre number of agricultural university passouts or retired professors get engaged in farming,” he says. Dr Kumar says agriculture and allied sectors have to be viable to draw the youth.

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