Agribusiness has recently been so much promoted as it has been identified as one of the potential venture which has not been exploited. In Lari, farmers have been engaging in farming just as a routine without considering the profit margins. Model farmers who have demonstrated remarkable records of growth has encouraged the local people to take agriculture as a business.
In the recent past, youths has engaged in agribusiness. Due to the decrease of land and high population, youths has been participating in farming which do not require huge lands. This has been observed during the recent youth in agribusiness local and regional exchanges. During the exchange they were able to get positive and incredible challenge by innovative individual and groups who are involved in agribusiness. Serious youths in agriculture were able to take through their fellow youths on the path to success in agribusiness. They expressed that being focused, innovative, unique, committed, networking has been the main key to a successful farmer.
Geographically, farmers has locally termed Lari in two section that is lower and upper Lari.
In the upper Lari higher rainfall are recorded as compared to Lower side. In the lower side farmers are able to practice tea farming and own larger pieces of land, they are able also to do farming on farm produce which also can grow in the upper side of Lari. In lower Lari, farmers were mainly concentrating on tea farming which made it impossible for youths to own projects.
Youths expressed that it has proven too hard to get a white color job hence there is a need to look for alternative source of income.
Main challenges facing youth groups and individuals
All this challenges were addressed during the exchanges where different facilitators from the government and private sectors were able to interact and eliminate this gaps. Other approach was field visit where youth representatives from different areas were able to visit model youthful farmers who encouraged them on how to carry out farming with a business mind.
As a result of youths being innovative by utilizing small piece of lands, parents has been so much encouraged by the work that youths are doing in agriculture. Youths are mainly concentrating on dairy farming (Zero grazing), Poultry Keeping (Hybrid), Vegetable farming (High valued crops), green house and pig rearing. They have also been doing irrigation hence not relying on rain and resulting to high yield and favorable prices which brings high profits.
The young generation has also embraced technology. They can be able to get information from the Internet without incurring high cost, there are companies which have developed applications where one is able to track the farm records without having hard copies. There is also the online sharing and consultations where one can get extension assistance from the Internet. .Youths have been able to establish WhatsApp. Groups and hence the need to establish a common platform where they can interact.
This platform will be hosting a youthful farmer of the year so as to encourage the others and also share their success in agriculture. Every featured youth will be displaying his/her innovations and unique activities which will help the other young people improve their agribusiness.