In order to work on future sustainability for farming in South Africa, there needs to be more encouragement from educational institutions as well as farming communities themselves to create a desire in the younger generation to start a long-term career in the industry. It is also important to convey the broad opportunities that exist in the industry, from being a hands-on farmer, becoming a farm vet, to doing more admin related tasks. By simply looking through all the businesses on an SA farming directory, one can just see how many branches to the industry there actually are.
It is imperative to keep all these sectors filled with interested youth to continue contributing to the success of the industry. The following are ideas that may work in stimulating interest and growth within the agricultural industry to sustain the success of farming in South Africa.
The Role of Primary and Secondary Educational Institutions
Primary and secondary education has a huge impact on the choices made by the youth on their potential career paths. It is important that education around multiple industries are shared with children and teenagers in fun, creative ways in order to stimulate interest and allow our youth to explore all available opportunities for them, while simultaneously learning about the respective sectors.
When speaking specifically about the farming and agricultural industry, there are a plethora of ideas to educate children through practical elements such as, organising farm open days and outings, preparing practical school projects like planting a vegetable patch on the school grounds, or even using an SA farming directory or agricultural products directory for pupils to choose a business or product to complete a presentation on through research.
How Media can Play a Role in Reconnecting with Farming
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