16.06.2014

But these days, it is difficult to find somebody who is reliable and willing to work fulltime on a farm. Unfortunately, farming is losing on many fronts.

What can be done to cultivate young people’s interest in farming, considering that agriculture is said to be the backbone of Kenya’s economy?

The government has to try and give back pride in farming through boosting not only the agricultural sector in general but also small-scale and local farming. If farmers are well paid and can afford a decent live, then no shame will be linked to it. I think it is the notion of poverty associated with farming that makes youths afraid of. This is also because to most rural folk, farming is linked with traditional methods of farming – which indeed it often is. So the farms have to be modernised – not just as a way to feed one’s immediate family, but also as potentially successful businesses that can have a much wider impact.