Around 30% of graduates from agricultural universities pursue careers outside the agricultural sector.
The brain drain has adversely impacted the agriculture sector according to the head of the country’s National Rainfed Area Authority.
He urged universities to produce visionary students and promote new technologies and methods to make agriculture a profitable sector.
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Nepal’s rural youth are increasingly choosing employment in areas other than agriculture. Women, children, and elderly people are forced to work in the agriculture sector due to the out-migration of youth. Attracting and retaining youth in agriculture is a major challenge.
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