Sustainability of Youth Involvement in Palm Oil Sector
This study investigated the sustainability of youth engagement in the oil palm agriculture sector in Malaysia.
This issue is very important for research as the agricultural sector severely lacks youth involvement resulting in the need for
bringing in foreign workers. This study examines the relationship between the extent of the knowledge, attitudes of youth
and youth involvement in this sector. This study employs both primary and secondary data collection methods. The
collection of primary data was through surveys conducted by distributing questionnaires to form 2 and 4 students at Krau
Primary School in Temerloh, Pahang, Malaysia. This school was chosen because most of the students’ parents are oil palm
small scale farmers. In addition, the same questionnaires were also distributed to youth aged between 13-30 years in villages
around Temerloh, Pahang. Overall respondents totaled 303. The results showed that the respondents' knowledge and
attitudes have significant influence on their involvement in the oil palm sector. Therefore, efforts to increase the knowledge
of youth is very important in establishing a positive attitude to bring about involvement in the oil palm sector.
Keywords— Oil palm, agricultural industry, knowledge, attitude, practice.