Thursday, August 11, 2016

Enrollment of Agriculture at UPLB Decreases

The Philippines being an agricultural based economy has always been dependent on its the produce of its agricultural sector. This sector not only depends on the ordinary farmer but also on a cadre of agriculture professionals.

It was bared at the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (Sesam) that there is a decline in the number of students taking up agriculture. This does not bode well for the country’s food security.

At UPLB, there are only 4.7% of students enrolled in the agriculture course compared to 43% in 1995 and 51% in 1980. The professional labor force of the agricultural sector and that the BS Agriculture programs are becoming less appealing as a career choice. This were also buttressed from Commission on Higher Education (CHED)statistics showing a decline in the total number of students taking up the course.

In order to arrest the decline, one method is to bring elementary and high school students to successful farms. The youth must be presented with examples of a thriving agricultural business. 

“Exposing them to prosperous agricultural farms could be one approach. Promoting agritourism could make children have a feel of a thriving business and encourage enrollment in agriculture,” said Jesusa Coladilla of UP Sesam in remarks sent through a statement.

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