An unusual study by the agronomy professional organization shows that 45 percent of the persons involved in the public sector of that field will be eligible for retirement within four years. The agencies include the agricultural ministry, the fishing institute and a host of others known mostly by their initials.
The Colegio de Ingenieros Agrónomos said that the number was about 1,500 persons. Nearly 500 of these persons are highly specialized, said the study.
Leaders of the professional organization said they were alarmed and wanted to make sure that the government posts are filled.
The impact of the generational change will be significant and might help reduce the 20 percent unemployment among younger individuals in the field now, they said.