Generation of farmers are getting older
Farmers are indeed getting older, while younger generation tend to turn away from farming as a livelihood.
Sun Star reported as of the last census in 2014, which still included Negros Oriental, there were 923,450 farmers in Central Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, prior to EO 183 which created the Negris Island Region (NIR), omitting Negros Oriental from the region.
The census shows that most agricultural farmers are aged between 30 and 60.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 said that, farmers in their 40s comprise 22 percent of the region’s farmers (207,372 farmers), while those in their 30s constituted about 20 percent (186,943). Farmers aged 50 to 59 made up 19 percent of the farmers (177,451).
Sun Star said that in fact, on the field, this is the age range Cebu City Agriculturist Joelito Baclayon typically observes.
“It’s true. Our farmers are really aging. Most of them are 57 years old and even older,” he said in the report.
“In the Province, a good number of them are in their 60s. There are many farmers aged 60 to 65,” Cebu Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena said.
About 12% or 108,002 farmers are in their 60s. Surprisingly, there are 53,018 farmers in Central Visayas in their 70s (5.7 percent), 9,906 in their 80s (1.47 percent) and some 1,034 in their 90s, Sun Star reported