DA seeks competitive youth for ‘Young Farmers Challenge’ agribusiness grant

The Department of Agriculture recently launched a program that seeks to provide financial grant assistance to Filipino youth interested in enterprises in the agricultural and fisheries sector.

Called “Young Farmers Challenges: Kabataang Agribiz,” the agriculture department seeks to usher back the youth to agriculture, and engage them in activities and processes related to farming and fishing. It likewise aims to help them put up ventures in line with agricultural development and food production in the country.

Kristine Evangelista, assistant secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing said, “The main objective of this initiative is to encourage and motivate the young Filipinos to go back into farming and so we want to ensure that we give them assistance every step of the way.”

In the Philippines, the DA said the majority of the youth are no longer interested in agriculture. The average age of farmers as of 2018 is 57.

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