The agricultural farms especially vegetable fields in Afgoye district of Lower Shabelle region create high level of employment opportunity to many poor families in the region.
Most of the displaced women and youth in IDP camps go to vegetable farms daily to obtain livelihood and to be able to make the ends meet.
Amino Mohamed aged 45 years, a mother of six whose husband died told Goobjoog FM that she gets her income through picking vegetables in one of the small scale farms in Afgoye district.
“ I go to the vegetable farms daily so as to get food for my six children” Amino said.
Mrs. Amino confirmed that she earns small wage of 50,000 Ssh daily to support her family after hours of digging and harvesting.
This is not enough to support a big family but Amino belief that it’s a good start since there are no other chances and urgent support to the displaced people.
“ There are no other opportunities in the region other than going to the farms and work to able to get job” she said.
Ali Mohamed, aged 47, the owner of the farm with 26 years of farming experience told our correspondent in Lower Shabelle region that he owns three vegetable fields in Afgoye where 45 people comprising of youth and women work daily.
“ The workers take wages at the end of their daily work in the vegetable fields” The farmer said.
Somalia’s economy consists of both traditional and modern production, Agriculture is the most important economic sector. It accounts for about 65% of the GDP and employs 65% of the workforce.