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Views on farming must change

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

WESTERN Division canefarmers say agriculture in the sugar and non-sugar sectors could be boosted if the education system was restructured to make planting crops a lucrative career option.

Sadiq Khan, a cane grower in Malolo, says the way young people viewed farming had to change.

"Students look at farming as the last option, if they don't succeed in doing anything else then they opt for farming and this attitude must change," the 56-year-old said.

Former principal of Kavanagasau College in Sigatoka Satya Nand said too much emphasis was placed on education geared towards white-collar jobs.

"This had a considerable impact on the country," the 62-year-old said.

Mr Nand now plants fruit and vegetables on 35 acres of land and says the opportunities in agriculture can provide a solution to the country's unemployment problem.

"If we encourage and prepare a platform for farming, young people will not move to urban centres and our food security issues will be resolved."








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