Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

2 August 2014

Malawi: Youth Urged to Take Up Farming

Kasungu — Youths in the country have been challenged not only to gain other vocational skills but also take up farming.

Minister of Sports and Youth Development Grace Chiumia said this when she visited youth of Kasungu on Wednesday.

Chiumia said young people must diversify their ideas and instead of only thinking about gaining vocational skills they have to take up farming.

"It is good to have vocational skills because you can take them everywhere you go but I also urge you to take up farming where you can also make a lot of money.

"There is a lot of idle land and if you can utilize the land you can come out with something in the end instead of begging for help somewhere else," said Chiumia.

Chiumia said the young people can grow crops that do well in their area and later sell the crops.

"When you beg for money sometimes people are not always willing, but if you sell your crops you can make money for other activities," said Chiumia who added that she is ready to find markets for the young people.

The Minister said ministry can come in with farm inputs, but urged the youth to utilize Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (MEDEF) and also asked the young people to work closely with their Members of Parliament for support.

She said the current government has a lot of plans for the young people and they will be helped regardless of the party they are affiliated to.

"We want to help young people in the country regardless of who they are and what party they are in, but first of all they have to show that they are dedicated.

"At our warehouse we have a lot of equipment that can also be utilized by the young people but they have to show that they can utilize the equipment," said Chiumia.

The youth of Kasungu had been asking for a Youth Centre for their meetings and skills development and they called for the intervention of the minister.

At the moment with their effort and support from Good Health Youth Organization the youth are learning some computer and vocational skills.

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