Agricultural jobs are no longer dirty, dangerous and difficult (3D) all thanks to digitalisation, says Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin as he promotes the industry to the youths.
Speaking at the Energising Education Transformation: Exploration of the Agriculture World discourse on 11 August, he said the fast adoption of technology has made the sector a viable option for youths who are looking for a promising career.
He then stressed on the importance of a mindset shift, adding that agriculture is not all about 3D work.
“That was in the past. We want society to see that agriculture is a field where we can gain income and riches.”
“Today, there are so many technological tools and ways for us to improve productivity,” he said.
He added that modern farming methods such as fertigation, which is the injection of fertilisers and other water-soluble products into an irrigation system, have double productivity while minimising effort.
Radzi said when technology improves, so does the prospects. Thus, it is important for students to be exposed to these latest technologies and be aware of the kinds of crops and livestock that produce high yields or value.
At the same time, Radzi also highlighted the food security and supply issue the country is facing and said the agricultural sector would be even more important moving forward.
“Opportunities in the sector are too big for us to ignore. Despite what happens to a country’s economy, people around the world all still need food.”
“This is where youths can step in to ensure that we can generate higher productivity of crops and livestock,” he said.
However, Radzi warned of going abroad to work as illegal farmhands.
“If any of your friends invite you to work overseas without a valid visa after you finish your studies, please do not go. It is not worth the trouble,” he said.
He said that instead of venturing abroad, youths should explore the many opportunities available within the country. He also noted that there had been many cases of Malaysians traveling illegally to countries like Australia to pick apples.