If India is an agricultural country, then why is our youth not choosing farming as a profession?

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If India is an agricultural country, then why is our youth not choosing farming as a profession?

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Indian agriculture is considered the backbone of the country because it gives employment to at least 50% of the workforce in India. Also, the GDP contribution of the agricultural sector is 17%-18%.
Thus, being such a large sector it fulfills the needs of such a large population. The schemes, which are updated by the government from time to time, are partly dedicated to the farmers of the country.
The question rests, why is the youth not interested in choosing farming as a career?


If India is an agricultural country, then why is our youth not choosing farming as a profession?


It is because of the following reasons:

• The most important and basic thing, our education system, is not farming-oriented. Nobody teaches sufficient lessons based on farming in schools. Students are prepared to work in multinational organizations and earn loads of wealth. They are not trained or educated to go into the fields to work.

• The currently existent farmers these days don’t wish to settle their kids in the farming profession. Most of them train their kids to study hard and look for jobs in big cities.

• There is no proper infrastructural development in rural areas. Whatever funds are allocated by the government don’t reach the bottom level, i.e. the farmers effectively. That’s why, after witnessing all these conditions youth don’t want to pursue farming.

• It is often looked down on as a profession. Nobody wants to consider the social status of a farmer. Unless he is a big landlord or rich farmer, nobody thinks of marrying their daughter in the farmer's household.

• The land that is purchased for farming is quite expensive and could not be easily affordable.

Income of the farmers is highly variable. It is as perishable as the cropping season. It depends on the weather, the produce, the sales, and the transportation.

• At last, farming is a really tough job demanding 24*7 hard work regardless of wind, sun, rain, or anything. And today’s youth are accustomed to living in a comfortable environment. So, lack of tolerance and adjustability is also a prime reason for them not choosing farming as a career. A farmer's best friends are hard work, patience, tolerance, and love for humanity; which lacks in most people today.