200,000 acres for youth’s commercial farming - Mavunde

09May 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
200,000 acres for youth’s commercial farming - Mavunde

IN a push to fight employment crisis in the country, the government has set aside a total of 200,000 acres of land for youth to practice commercial farming.

The Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Anthony Mavunde,

Dubbed “Youth Special Economic Zones” the acres of land set in various parts of the country are set to benefit the youth who are expected to use the opportunity to employ themselves in the agriculture sector including engaging in greenhouse farming.

The Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Anthony Mavunde, revealed this in Dodoma, while opening a two-day Workshop on Market Linkages.

Organised by Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO), the workshop brought together over 30 youths from various regions in the country among them youths under the Green House Farming Project funded by the International Trade Centre (ICT).

Mavunde said that the move would help eradicate poverty in the country through self-employment.

He said the fifth phase government was determined to help the youth initiate different small and medium economic projects due to limited opportunities in the employment market.

“The government has always insisted that each municipality should have special places, where the youth can engage in economic activities and be given land to cultivate cash crops,” said Mavunde adding that by leading by example, the government had set aside the 200,000 acres of land for commercial farming.

He urged the youth from across the country, especially those graduating at different universities, to use the knowledge and skills they acquired to initiate economic projects of their own.

“The country, and many others in the continent, face challenges of limited job opportunities. Therefore, it is wise for the youth to focus on entrepreneurship projects,” he said.

Executive Director of SUGECO, Revocatus Kimario also emphasied on need for youths to work hard and use skills acquired to generate wealth and transform their societies.