Unemployment is the biggest issue in India. Especially to more than 60 percent of youth who lives in rural villages. Farming occupation on one hand playing an unpredictable role in hands of farmers and secondly education still laying wage to these areas. The population is therefore going tremendous pressure of unemployment in both the hands.
Talking about social protection schemes which have always been found inadequate to ease the life on Rural India.Thus in an effort to this, and to try generate some income for the young – at least in one corner of rural India – the Krishi Vigyana Kendra (KVK) in Karnataka, in collaboration with the Coconut Development Board (CDB) and the Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society, has organised several coconut tree climbing and plant protection sessions to train unemployed rural youth.
The reason for organising this in Tumkur district in the state is because the area has a vast number of coconut trees (spread over about 1.5 lakh ha) and faces problems in sourcing labour for plucking the nuts. There is also little or no little knowledge about fertiliser application and management, controlling pests and diseases, or awareness about value addition.
“There was a good response from the youth regarding the programme with respect to topics covered, training methods and materials used, field visit arranged and other facilities provided like food and accommodation,” says T.S. Sukanya, Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bidaregudi Kaval, Konehalli, Tiptur taluk, Tumkur district.
One of the young trainees, Nataraju, left his masonry work in the city where he was earning only Rs. 200-300 a day and is now engaged full-time in palm climbing. He travels across Tumkur district and is able to save up to Rs. 800-1,000 per day.
Young rural workers in the age group of 26 to 35 years make up a large and potentially productive cohort. They can be made to undertake agricultural production work, processing crops into value added products and marketing them provided the government takes care to properly tap their potential, say experts in this field.