It was some days before when I was travelling from Kathmandu to Chitwan, I heard a person expressing his frustration like this, “Most of the youth have already migrated to other nations. It will be beneficial to our country if we move the old people and the children to Karnali Region and rare Ostrich in the remaining area.” This sentence a kind of penetrated deep in my mind. That day I really understood the alarmingly sad side of Nepalese social sector, a bitter truth of Nepalese human resource. There are many such things that motivated me as well as some of my friends (we all from Youth Eco Network ,IAAS, Chitwan of which I am the President) to celebrate International Youth Day in such a way so that it could leave positive impacts in all the participants.
Today (12th August) Youth Eco Network, IAAS, Chitwan celebrated International Youth Day by organizing talk show on What After Graduation? for which IAAS, AFU, DADO, Chitwan, District Development Committee (DDC), CCIC, Nepal Poly Technique Institute (NPI) assisted us a lot.
Objective of our program: To motivate the agriculture graduates to initiate/ invest in agribusiness and agro-tourism sector in Nepal.
Target group: Passing out students of B.Sc.Ag and B.V.Sc & A.H. from IAAS, Rampur & NPI, Bharatpur.
1. Mr. Mitra Raj Dawadi
Former President, Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCIC), Chitwan
President of Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (SEAN)
2. Mr. Ram Hari Devkota
Agro- tourism and Eco-tourism specialist.
3. Mr. Chun Narayan Shrestha, M.Phil
Expert in entrepreneurship development
4. Prof. Shrawan Kumar Shah, Ph.D.
Director, Curriculum Development Center, AFU.
What did the presenters present?
1.Mr. Mitra Raj Dawadi:
He laid stress on the fact that the one who attempt to create the value through recognition of business activity, create self- employment and employment for others, who respect their job and that of others’ are the real entrepreneur. He said that to establish one-self as entrepreneur one must take risk, change obstacle into opportunity, be curious and creative, be persistent and resist criticism, confirm goal, work hard, believe in self and be confident, flexible and independent, physically, mentally and socially strong.
He said that entrepreneurship is important for increasing national productivity, it is important for balanced development and for decentralization of economic development. He showed us with the opportunities of agriculture in the field of agricultural differentiation, organic production, food security and processing, production of agricultural materials and many more. At last he said that diversity in agriculture and seed replacement is crucial for entrepreneurship development.
2.Mr. Chun Narayan Shrestha:
He said that among from among innumerable options after graduation, agri- entrepreneurship cab be a excellent option for the agriculture graduates. He showed us with the opportunities of agriculture in the field of floriculture, production and processing, fishery, poultry production, vegetable farming and processing and so on.
3. Mr. Ram Hari Devkota:
He presented about One Village, One Product (OVOP) based on his study in Greater Himalayan Trail Region. He said that Nepal being the country of opportunities, agro-eco-tourism can be one of the option to develop entrepreneurship in graduates.
4.Prof.Dr. Shrawan Kumar Shah:
He said that only 1-2 % of total graduates are involved in self employment. Bee keeping, fish or goat farming, keeping livestock can be effective in his view.
What I learnt from the program?
Though the theme of this year for International Youth Day (Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward) seems to be pointing to the fact that migration contributes to the national economy, what I learnt from the program was that if the graduates create their employment by themselves and develop themselves as entrepreneurs, then it will contribute to both social and economic sector of the nation. They can be an example, a torch-light, a path finder to rest of the people in the society.
In Nepal brain drain and muscle drain is the alarming issue. It seems as if this is the country of old people and the children. Up to sometime before the program, I had the thinking of going abroad for my further studies after graduation. But then after I questioned to myself: Why not to create self- employment? Why not to take the risk? Why not to be innovative? Why not to contribute to the nation by remaining in the nation? Why not to be the agri-entrepreneur after my graduation?
For me as well as other participants the program was the huge success because I found many participants motivated from what the resource persons presented. Last but not the least I remember our respected teacher Dr. Hom Bahadur Basnet saying, “Only the one who love their nation with all their heart and have positively thinking mind with wide mental horizon can be the true citizen, a true entrepreneur”.