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Unleashing Youth Potentials in Developing the Agricultural Sector

Norsida Man

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2012

Keywords: Youth, successor farmers, perception, Malaysia agricultural development

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The participation of youth in agriculture is imperative given the fact that the hope and aspiration of agriculture,and the nation for that matter, rest on their shoulders. This successful and persistent youth in agriculture wouldpave their paths to be nucleus farmers. Youth involvement in trying out or getting involved in agriculture verymuch depends on their perception on agriculture itself. This research seeks to identify the perception of youthon agriculture and in particular it seeks to: 1) study the respondents' profiles among the youth link to agriculture;2) to study their perception on agriculture; and 3) to identify the agriculture education programme providedfor the youth. The positive view on agriculture that is suggested by the research indicates that the youth do nottotally deny or place a negative image on agriculture. Various agriculture education programmes have beenand are currently organized to develop agriculture education among youth either by the government or theprivate agencies. In general, the young farmers are unaware of the programmes organized by the governmentor the private agencies. This shows ineffective communication for the beneficiary (youth) and the organizer ofthe programme. Effective agriculture education actually depends on how far and significant the commitmentgiven by every party. Multiple efforts are needed to ensure the effectiveness of an education programme

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