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This is with ref­er­ence to “Des­per­ately seek­ing skills and jobs” ( April 1- 15, 2014). In­dia is pre­dom­i­nantly an agrar­ian coun­try, with at least 70 per cent of its pop­u­la­tion in­volved in agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. But there seems to be the least skills train­ing in this sec­tor. Ex­cept for a few or­gan­ised de­part­ments such as fruit preser­va­tion, api­cul­ture and an­i­mal hus­bandry, agri­cul­ture is largely seen as tilling of the land and cul­ti­va­tion of crops by poor, un­skilled farm­ers. Mil­lions of youth grad­u­at­ing from col­leges ev­ery year do not find farm labour ap­peal­ing and are keen on only white- col­lar jobs. There is a need to pro­vide cer­ti­fied train­ing to the youth in lesser known as­pects of agri­cul­ture such as veg­etable cul­ti­va­tion, oilseed farm­ing, aqua­cul­ture and an­i­mal graz­ing. For­mal train­ing from a good in­sti­tute will en­cour­age the youth to en­gage in farm ac­tiv­i­ties with a sense of dig­nity KI­RAN SHARMA ki­ran56snr@ya­

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