Agriculture Ministry introduces a scheme for young farmers
March 22, 2019 7:10 am
The Agriculture Ministry has introduced a Young Farmers Business Incubation Scheme’ for youths engaged in commercial farming.
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Mahendra Reddy says the new initiative will engage 100 youths aged between 20-30 years for intensive hands-on training over a three-year incubation period, with a focus on youths with land readily available for agricultural purposes and who are already engaged in farming
Dr. Reddy says these youths will be required to produce for local and export markets as they will be guided towards farming as a business.
“We want every farmer to do well, we want every farmer to get the maximum output from his farm, whether the farmer is planting pineapple, sugarcane, rice or livestock. We want the farmer to do well.”
Dr. Reddy says the involvement of youth at an early stage was critical as they would benefit from the government’s investment in the initial stages of their farming venture.
The Agriculture Ministry also has initiatives to support all agricultural farmers in an effort to meet the local and export needs.