Archive for November, 2013

Sitting on my bed with Emeli Sande ‘s voice booming from my ear phones, I decided to check out my daily news and idea source, (twitter) since the conversation around me on what kind of man to marry and how messed it gets after marriage was just about to get me exploding with boredom.

I landed on Simon Kaheru’s blog piece called ‘Kampala is NOT the answer’, after so many re-tweets I decided to check out, an interesting pointer for me.

A germ of a possibility was planted, a way to unite theory and it’s practical application, a way forward to solve the 83%youth unemployment problem, considering that 78% of Uganda’s population is made up of youths.

Kampala is NOT the answer should be campaign started by the government to try to change the mind-set of many of the young people in the country.

It is true that, not all youths are cut out for business, but I find myself compulsively arguing with each line of printer-writing in my mind, analyzing, considering the implications ,if more focus was given to Agriculture, as one of the solutions to the over whelming unemployment problem, hence my argument!

Like Simon Kaheru’s blog piece, I think ‘Kampala is Not the answer’ it is not only a title but a real campaign, to have as many youths as possible considering agriculture as an employment opportunity and not a the view that it is an illiterate occupation, dirty and not fun!

Even after colonialists, the youth mind is still tied down to the constant, very irritating view that all white man’s ideas are what is right, the notion that after graduation, the only solution is to wear a suit and report to the office every morning, and if you do not have a white-collar job, at least wear a suit in the morning accompanied with your CV and knock on office doors in search for one!

If the government focused on changing the minds of many of the unemployed and employed youths, that indeed agriculture is a salvation to the unemployment crisis that Uganda is facing.

Uganda is an Agro-based country, even with the oil dream and excitement, agriculture will remain as one of Uganda’s exports, and food is also a necessity for all Ugandans.

There are so many Agricultural schemes both private and government that use as many 4000 youths in Uganda, boost it’s exports and at the same time give the country with food.

According to Uganda rural fund,80%of Uganda’s population practices agriculture in one way or another meaning that 2 out of 3 people carry out agriculture.

Labor force – by occupation agriculture: 82% industry: 5% services: 13% (1999)GDP – composition by sector agriculture: 23.9% industry: 26.1% services: 49.9% (2012 est.) Population below poverty line24.5% (2009 est.) Labor force16.55 million (2012 est.) Labor force – by occupation agriculture: 82% (Uganda Economy Profile 2013 – Mundi)

Agriculture received 585 dsc01118billion shillings (FY 2012/13) Budget Speech 2012/13 if some money is budgeted as a government indicative to solve the unemployment problem.

It is the youth same energy both physical and brain wise, needed to boast the Agriculture sector:

So to many youths out there, with some idle land that belongs to grand paper or grand ma or is ours, do not just let the weeds enjoy the soil nutrients don’t be selfish, like Koshens says ‘do sumthin’ no offense to my Koshens fellows but I will take Obama’s slogan “ Yes we can”