Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Zoleka Capa has encouraged young people to be at the forefront of poverty eradication through agriculture.
She spoke at the graduation ceremony of nearly 100 young people who had taken part in a youth skills development program called the National Rural Youth Service Corps in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape province.
Capa says her department has partnered with educational institutions like Tsolo Agricultural College and East Cape Midlands College to ensure rural youth become job creators rather than job seekers.
“So that we can change, let us, those who can, teach it to young people. It will flow to all of us regardless of our age, young and old. What they need to do is combine everything they’ve learned and come up with an agritourism strategy that the government is willing to actually fund. You will succeed.”
One of the graduates, Kamva Sishuba, also believes that agriculture has the potential to reduce youth unemployment.
“We will use the skills we have acquired through the learning program to further develop our communities through skill development. So what I want to do for my community is to develop my community’s skills in four concepts, the concept of community building, the concept of patriotism (Ubuthandazwe), the concept of being against drugs and substance abuse, and the concept of willingness to work . We should teach people that work has to be created by us as youngsters, apart from looking for a job.”
Eastern Cape youth encouraged to enter agribusiness – SABC News
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