For years while one was still at school in both primary and high school we learned that agriculture is the pillar of the economy of Swaziland.
The evidence was there at a layman’s point of view because companies were there producing products for export and providing employment. When one went to tertiary government introduced the prioritising of programmes offered by the universities and agricultural programmes were among those given the priority. One then wonders that not even 10 years after agriculture was branded a priority, more than half of the agriculture graduates are misplaced either at teaching in schools or at home. The Ministry of Education has been a foster parent for the hundreds of agriculture graduates by providing contractual employment. Some graduates have been employed under such circumstances for 13 years and counting while the Ministry of Agriculture is there.