Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD) extensively works towards improving agricultural productivity of small and marginal farmers’ in villages of Telangana and thereby enhancing their socio-economic conditions. As part of our initiatives to retain youth in agriculture, CSFD, with technical support of Professor Jayashankar, Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), and financial support from Aurobindo Pharma Foundation will be organizing a training program for rural youth of Sangareddy district from 24 to 29 February 2020.
This training program would be held at Agriculture Research Station (ARS) at Tornala, Siddipet, Telangana. This six-day training program would focus on training youth on four modules, namely – agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, and agribusiness. Youth would be taught through classroom sessions, experiential learning, and exposure trips to the model village, research station, incubation center, and farm implements and machinery center at PJTSAU. The training program would be facilitated by Jagan Mohan Rao, associate director of Research, Ramanjaneyulu, senior scientist (Agro) and head of ARS Tornala, and 15 professors in the Agri sector from PJTSAU.
Reflecting on the youth training program, Hemalatha Vijayaraghavan, director, CSFD, stated, “Youth are the future of food security, and it is extremely important to encourage youth participation in agriculture. We trust that the enhanced skill achieved through this training program will evoke the interest among youth and spark ideas to take agriculture as a profitable profession”.
Ramanjaneyulu from PJTSAU has stated, “We are happy to train and provide technical support to young farmers. Strategically farmer training is a great pathway to facilitate young energies to see agriculture as a profitable and exciting career path.”