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Maneesha Karan Friday, August 19, 2011
EDUCATED youths without employment must invest in natural resources available in their villages instead of relying on the Government to provide them with jobs.
Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni made this comment during her visit to Rabi last week.
She said youths without jobs could use their studies to boost agricultural farming and fisheries in their respective villages.
"There are about 232,000 people between the age of 18 and 25 out of which only 27,000 have been employed. A lot of people are dependent on the Government for employment and they fail to see that they can use their education and expertise on their land and fishing," said Dr Luveni.
"They can send the soil in their land for testing to find out what agricultural product is the best for farming."
Dr Luveni said the educational approach for proper utilisation of land and available resources would result to greater returns.
"Our forefathers used the weather conditions and their experience to determine which crop to plant and the time to start its farming," she said.
"Today, we have an educated population and expertise available and what better way for unemployed youths to put their education to good use by reviving their village agriculture and fisheries sector."