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Job Security Drives Millenials Away From Agricutural Jobs

There was a 25 percent drop in job searches related to agriculture per week during the calendar year 2017

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The millennial generation has lowest interest in agriculture career because of lack of job security, poor awareness about the scope of the sector and dearth of entrepreneurial spirit, according to a latest study by Indeed.

According to Indeed, there was a 25 percent drop in job searches related to agriculture per week during the calendar year 2017.

However, there is promising growth in the agriculture sector given the rapid rate at which Indian farmers are adapting to mechanisation, which experts believe is in line with the government's ambitious goal of doubling farm income by 2022.

Job seekers in the age group of 21 to 25 year old, the millennial generation comprising fresh graduates, newcomers to the industry and interns - show the lowest level of interest in agriculture jobs. The major reasons highlighted for lack of job interests in job seekers are lack of job security, poor awareness about the scope of the sector and dearth of entrepreneurial spirit.

However, the age group of 31 to 35 year old exhibits a higher than average interest in this category of jobs, presumably having acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to overcome these hurdles. The number of youth engaged in the sector has increased by 4 per cent since 2007.

All these statistics point to a prospective rise in employment in the sector; provided the jobs created can be formalised.

Given the government's impetus towards the development of the agricultural segment and strengthening the rural economy, the need of the hour is to encourage job seekers to venture into the farming and agriculture-related market.

Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India said, "Today, the agriculture sector in India is a promising place to build a career, given the government's efforts to enhance India's production capabilities.”

He added that with emerging state-of-the-art courses such as agribusiness, agricultural resource management, food sciences and technologies, and so on, one can look forward to well-equipped professionals in the field.