Palawan farmers getting old

Young Filipino people have become less interested in tilling the lands and catching fish for livelihood (File photo)


Provincial Board ex-officio member Clarito Prince Demaala IV has urged local government units (LGUs) in Palawan to encourage their youths to pursue careers in agriculture and fisheries.

Demaala expressed concern that most youth of today are looking at career pursuits to the detriment of

“Karamihan sa mga millennials ngayong ay ayaw ng mag-stay sa mga bayan nila at gusto nalang sa city. We all know na Palawan is bless in sea and farmlands, so dapat ma-encourage sila na kahit papaano, kahit iba ang gusto nila sa buhay sana kung ang parents nila ay farmer dapat ipractice din nila,” Demaala said.

He noted survey studies pointing out that most of today’s Filipino farmer are aged between 50 and 52.

This means young Filipino people have become less interested in tilling the lands and catching fish for livelihood, he said.

“So nagkakaroon ng pangamba na someday ‘yong ating mga farmers at fisherfolks ay mawawalan na ng magmamana sa sakahan [at pangisdaan]. Kaya sana ang mga parents na farmers ay maituro at maipraktis ng kanilang anak kanilang kinagisnan,” he said.

He said there is a need to promote agriculture and fishery-related careers to the youth also because of the many economic opportunities in the sector.

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