A Youth Leader working with Obrempon 91.7 FM, a local radio station base at Agona Swedru in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region, Mr. Obibini Kojo Bansah is encouraging the youth in the country to endeavor going in farming to cater for themselves and their families.
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“Knowing very well that agriculture is the backbone of any nation’s development, commercial farming us the best way to reduce unemployment especially among the youth.
This I believe would relief them from burdens associated with a search for nonexistence white -coloured jobs in the urban and city centers.
It is sad that we now have what has been termed as Graduate Unemployment while there are vast lands laying fallow in all the ten regions in Ghana. The Youth In-Agriculture Programme is a very good one we the youth should take advantage of it then always deepening on government for our daily bread”
In an interview with this reporter at Agona Swedru recently, Mr. Bansah noted that he stared this crusade some years ago and was extremely happy when former President John Evans Atta Mills introduced the Youth-In Agriculture programme adding it was a dream comes through for him and numerous unemployed youth.
” I have dedicated most of my programmes into farming thus encouraging people into the farming industry. Agriculture, being the major employer in the country should not be neglected. We all have to get ourselves involved in farming to boost food production and to generate income.
My late uncle once told me that a farmer is never sacked from his farm nor does she or she expect increment in wages and salaries. I have taken cue from this advice and today, agriculture has transformed my life and that of my family”
I wish Ghana Education Service (GES) introduce agricultural clubs in our schools to inculcate the habits of farming. Secondly, I will like to appeal to our teachers in the educational sector to stop using weeding as a form of punishing since those graduates would view farming as being punishment.
It is sad that Directors and their Management in Ministry of Food and Agriculture have no farms of their own. This does not motivate the young ones to go into farming. They must set good example for emulation”
He also called for community farms in towns and villages so as to use the farm proceeds to support self-help projects. This he said would curtain taxes and levies usually imposed on the people to develop their communities and for organization of festivals.