Study on ARYA (Attracting and Retaining) Project among Tribal Community in Southern Rajasthan: Importance and Challenges
Author(s):
Anita Meena, Kesar Chayal
Keywords:
Youth, Agriculture, Tribal Community, Importance and Challenges
Abstract
Youth are expected to play a vital role in the much-anticipated transformation of agriculture in India. Because young people bring energy, vitality and innovation into the work force and when their willingness to contribute is matched with opportunity; they can have a transformative impact on economic growth and social development. According to national youth policy, persons in the age group of 15-35 are defined as young. At present, 35 per cent of the total population is in the age group of 15-35 years, out of which 75 per cent live in Tribal areas. Migration of Tribal youth to cities is around 45per cent in the country, and it is estimated that only about 5per cent of youth are engaged in agriculture. In developed countries, skilled workforce is in the range of 60 per cent to 90 per cent of the total workforce, whereas in India, the skilled workforce is as low as 5 per cent (20-24 years age group). (Indian Council of Agricultural Research, 2019). Accessing markets for agricultural products can be particularly challenging for young people: they often lack the capacity to produce large quantities to benefit from economies of scale; they frequently lack the required knowledge of prices and market structures and have limited bargaining power. Sometimes young people’s voices are not heard during the policy process, and often it fails to account for the heterogeneity and multifaceted needs of youth. To remedy this, youth need the requisite skills and capacities for collective action to ensure that their voices are heard. There many good things related to ARYA On the other hand, small land holdings are on the rise which poses challenge to food security for increasing population. Thus, it was felt to bring a comprehensive model for the development of tribal youth in general and agricultural youth in particular.
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Unique Paper ID: 156964

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 5

Page(s): 487 - 492
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