Farmers encouraged to take advantage of the available assistance

Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy with farmers of Korotari. Picture: SUPPLIED

IN order for the Government to expand the Agriculture sector there needs to be full-time farmers who are serious about their farming and it would treat it as a business says Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy.

Dr Reddy continued to encourage young aspiring farmers to take full advantage of the available assistance and programs provided by the Government and to consider Agriculture as a career and business venture.

“For this, you need to commit yourselves to become a full-time farmer. We will assist and support full-time farmers and we will ensure Governments investment is not wasted but is effectively utilized and its effect being realized on a long-term basis,” Mr Reddy said.

He said in order for the agriculture sector to grow there was a need for the involvement of youth at an early stage was critical.

“The Ministry encourages youths to take up agriculture and to seriously consider the sector as a business in order for young farmers to benefit from Government’s current initiatives and programs to help secure them a better future,” he said.

“To attain this, the Ministry of Agriculture has introduced the ‘Young Farmers Business Incubation Scheme’ whereby the Ministry 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.”

 

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