The Youth Desk in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has called for increased efforts to mainstream youth in agriculture.

Closing the age gap in farming has become more pertinent as the land reform programme has moved from the re-distribution phase to the stage of increasing productivity.

A Chief Coordinator in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Mr Nickross Kajnego said there is now an urgent need for increased youth participation in agriculture, given funding that has been poured in by the government and the private sector through the Command Agriculture Programme and the Presidential Inputs Scheme.

Agriculture is one of Zimbabwe’s most critical sectors and the biggest source of income with a projected growth of 21 percent in 2017. 

At continental level, figures show that agriculture contributes 25 percent to Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 70 percent of the workforce, making youth mainstreaming in the sector a quick way to create employment for young people.