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October 05, 2012

Employment: Young People Reject Agricultural Sector

The employment rate in the primary sector is expected to decline by approximately 4.4% to 8.1% by 2015. This is revealed in a recent study of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC).

Reasons given: the young are not interested to integrate the agricultural sector because they feel that promotional opportunities are limited in this area. Others are reluctant to join the sector due to the physical nature of the job.

The employers' side, it says it is difficult to recruit skilled workers because many have salary expectations too high. On the other hand, qualified candidates do not have enough experience. There is also a lack of appropriate training. Other reasons were: people do not want to work at odd hours. Young people prefer office work or it is difficult to attract people to handicrafts textile and agricultural sectors.

These factors mean that 59% of employers in the primary production estimate that there is a shortage of skilled labor at the national level, while 35% reported a shortage in the area. Only 17% believe their organization is facing shortage. Other data: five jobs are in high demand: artisan, laborer, nursery, agricultural and mechanical operator.

The study also reveals that the HRDC few employers may provide the manpower requirements for their business, and this only until 2013. "This observation demonstrates that planning is limited in the short term," the HRDC. It is in this context that the HRDC hold a validation workshop next week, with the various actors in the public and private sectors. This is to better understand the expectations of employers on skills, assess training needs of the local workforce and anticipate trends in employment in this sector.

"The challenge today is to find an effective way to feed the growing population with declining availability of labor in the agricultural sector," says Raj Auckloo, director of HRDC. The HRDC has remembered, collected his data from 100 companies operating in the primary production (food crops, fruit, flower, tea, sugar cane and animal) and 46 companies in the agro-processing.

 

 

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