Empowering young farmers takes on many forms – from giving them the tools they need to getting them to give their views about future agriculture policies. Oneinteresting method is to get young farmers to meet and exchange and share ideas, and thereby inspire each other. This is what farmers like Prem Bahadur Rajali and Samsher Rajali are doing in Nawalparasi, Nepal.
They are following the example of Mr Rabindra Rajali, a young farmer from Deurali. In less than five years he has increased his land under cultivation to almost two hectares, growing off-season vegetables such as tomato, potato, cabbage, cauliflower and cucumber and selling them for a profit in Kathmandu. Although he didn’t finish school, he now owns a tractor, two pairs of bullocks, and more than 20 goats. He also leases three hectares of land from the local school, and provides work to four neighbours. Those who visit his farm hear that “to be successful, neighbours are encouraged by his example which shows that agriculture is not a poor man’s job. “And if that is sometimes the case, then that is certainly not a crime!”
Note: Article on “Finding sources of inspiration” was published in global magazine Farming Matters (issue 03/2011 -27.1)