YONECO has trained members of Zomba-based Mizu Youth Club in usage of various agricultural technologies in order to enhance the group’s efficiency and productivity in crop production.
YONECO introduced agricultural activities to the youth clubs as one way of promoting economic empowerment among its members. The training mainly focused on usage of modern irrigation techniques so that the group should be able to produce enough yield throughout the year.
In his remarks, YONECO’s Youth Development Officer, Harvey Finyani, described agribusiness as key in the process of transforming the lives of young people. Finyani added that it is unfortunate that most young people in Malawi shun agriculture and he expressed his optimism by saying that Mizu Youth Club will be a model to other youth groups.
YONECO has linked the group with various experts in agriculture to ensure that they have all the necessary technical support to achieve their goals through farming.
“This training will help in ensuring that the club is ably utilising the available modern irrigation systems as well as mobile technology to find better markets for their produce,” explained Finyani.
Commenting on the matter, the chairperson of Mizu Youth Club, Meron Mendulo, said that the group has been unable to utilise modern irrigation systems during the dry season.
“We are now geared to put more effort in agriculture and this training will go a long way in guaranteeing positive results,” Mendulo added.
Youth unemployment rate in Malawi is shockingly high. Currently, YONECO is supporting over 50 youth clubs across Malawi to venture into various income generating activities.