Government suggests Farming as employment option, Youth not overly excited with the idea

The National Employment Forum (NEF) organized to address the issue of unemployment and find solutions through interactive exchange of opinions did not seem to find the synergized end goals as the participating youth and the jobseekers were not happy with the solutions which did pop-up for approval.

The forum conducted on 26 November in Thimphu observed agriculture as one enduring sector to employ the young graduates and solve the chronic unemployment issue.

The NEF suggested the option for young graduates to be educated farmers and begin introducing modern ways of farming and set an example for the rest that follows in future.

The suggestion was received with much annoyance and many grumbled about it. The youth representatives said they are not willing to take up this profession as suggested by the stakeholders.

Most of the jobseekers said that if that is so then we should have been acquainted to agricultural tools and remained ploughing fields instead of reading books and going to school.

A graduate Tendrel, 23 said that the whole forum was another factor to pressurize them.

“If government really wants to give importance to agriculture then they should come up with a set of agriculture curriculum, so that we can be an agriculturist or an educated farmer,” she said.

Another graduate Mani Raj Thapa said that he belongs to a farming background and he is the only son who did his degree and aspires to be a civil servant.

“Government is willing to give us incentives if we opt the farming as our profession but agriculture is still a sluggish sector,” he said.

In addition to that the graduates at the forum said that even if government provided incentives and subsidies it’s still difficult to implement in a rugged topography.

Kunzang pursuing his MBA said “it’s thoughtful but government should also think about why people are investing so much in education if farming is the ultimate aim of government”.

Tanden Tshering a private employee said no parents would expect their children to come back to villages and work in the field after spending a lot of money.

Editor of The Journalist Kencho Wangdi said instead of telling youth to change their mindset our leaders should change their policies to create employment, which they are not doing as of now. The government should place policies that would encourage entrepreneurship in Bhutan. Create conducive environment for entrepreneurs to grow.

“Entrepreneurship in developed countries is seen agents to transformative change and as a golden bullet to create large scale employment,” he said.

Describing the government’s move to address unemployment he said “That’s a quick fix solution to unemployment in Bhutan and quick fixes never last”.

A senior official said leasing land, providing incentives and subsidies are all distant dreams of the government since ground reality is something else.

A young man from Tsirang said why he should go back to village when there is nothing to do or earn.

A comprehending few at the forum however saw wisdom in the government’s suggestion.

“Making youths opt agriculture as their profession is a good strategy provided youths are ready and government is willing to create market and make it look decent and attractive,” said Japcho a civil servant.

Similarly Sonam a Teacher in the east supported the youth becoming an educated farmer.

“If government is simply providing their opinion without actual motivations then I think it is not worth being educated farmers,” he said. “I don’t think youth with small vegetable garden at home will get motivated. Government must answer their questions,” he said.

Editor of Bhutan Times Namkhai Norbu said that youth who studied for around 16 years becomes useless if they have to take up farming as an occupation.

Gasa MP Damcho Dorji said “The government should arrange all necessary arrangement for our topography and it has to be done on a massive scale”.

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  1. if I was in US I would hav become farmer after 18 years of study because of large market and high incentive it doesn’t work market is small ….there are 3000 graduate unemployed .all of them cnt go to village and plant few vegetable in their garden…..people in power are telling all unrealistic things..saying is easy bt actaul doin is difficult…..

  2. if this is the government of the day’s vision then I think they should redesign the whole  curriculum of the education…I think present one is not compatible.

  3. If Government really want that children have to be instilled that sense since childhood. with change in education system, hopefully it will happen in next 30 years at the earliest. The 5-year term won’t get such goals…

    Besides, government must make farming conducive, market attractive, machinery feasible etc

    Here we are concerned about potholes in road, a lack of street lamp in highway, raise in green tax and loss in UNSC. we have no time for rural development despite our catch phrases.

  4. As far as i m concerned, farming is the only stable and most reliable employment in the world irrespective of the developed and underdeveloped country. The strategy is really good but there should also be very sound agriculture development policy similar to Hydro Power Policy. Nevertheless, the youth can easily take the farming and what we need to create is the dignity of labor in the society. Whether we like or not, all Bhutanese have to take farming for our food as we do now. Sooner or later time will come that food cannot be purchased by money 

  5. Farming is the most rewarding profession. It needs hard work, of-course, from dawn to dusk; but with modern farming methods and relatively cheap electricity it can be made easy and profitable. Unfortunately, in Bhutan, especially in some political circle, farming is not given due importance and priority. If Bhutan has to overcome her economic woes we must rightly accord priority to farming. Now, we have good dynamic Director General of Agriculture Department who has proven past record to take farming to new height. And there are good pool of highly qualified professionals who could contribute a lot to make farming as attractive as other enterprises. The only requirement is right policies with adequate financial resources. I am optimistic about agriculture development in Bhutan and we must encourage some of our young graduates to take farming as employment source.

    Good luck and cheers

  6. Thinlay wrote:”Now, we have good dynamic Director General of Agriculture Department who has proven past record to take farming to new height.”

    What do you make of this statement? Does it mean that the Agriculture Department of the past never had any good dynamic leaders? If so, then, did we make the mistake of appointing the wrong leaders who were incapable of taking things to new heights?

  7. Well if the Government focusses only in Paro, when it talks about farming support  as it did in the past decades,  then forget about farming option

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