“YOUTHS in Matabeleland North should desist from migrating to South Africa or engaging in alcohol abuse, they rather should divert their energies into farming,” a Zimbabwe Farmers Union top official has said.
In an interview recently, ZFU Matabeleland North provincial manager said farming presents an opportunity for youths to reduce unemployment levels dogging the province.
Mwanza said the youths should desist from flocking to the neighbouring South Africa in pursuit of employment opportunities but instead try farming.
“Youths should not spend much of their time taking alcohol or flocking to South Africa wasting time, yet they can be self employed and empower themselves to earn a living,” said Mwanza.
She said through farming youths can manage to provide for their families and eradicate poverty in the district.
Mwanza added that by endeavouring in farming youths could also encourage each other to join farming as a means of employment.
A youth farmer in the province, Busani Ferro said young people are better placed to excel in farming as they could easily embrace new farming techniques that rely on new technologies as compared to their parents.
“The role of the young farmer would be on the production side bearing in mind we are a generation that is technologically savvy, it means we can do more than what our parents are doing.” said Ferro.
He said agriculture has great potential that youths should utilise to contribute to the economy.
According to Ferro the country mainly depended on agriculture hence the need to venture into agriculture to revamp the economy.
“Already our economy is agro based, most of our infrastructure was made to carter for agro industry,” said Ferro.
The agricultural sector is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy and while it has potential to scale employment creation, there are challenges in terms of how to attract the majority of the unemployed segments, namely the youth.
Over 60 percent of Zimbabwe’s population is comprised of young people, who have the potential to drive the economy.
This demographic is highly educated, skilled, but remains largely unemployed.