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02.04.2007 Africa

Youth encouraged to take up agric

By Nii Kwaku Osabutey ANNY

An official of the Agriculture Ministry at Twifo Praso in the Central Region has in a speech to youth participants in a conference at Cape Coast sold the idea of taking up farming and other forms of agriculture to them.

Francis Freeman, one of the resource persons at a Mentorship Conference, urged the youth to take up careers in agriculture, noting further that there are a lot of employment and money-making opportunities in the sector.

“There are available lands in the rural areas that could be given to most of you here to farm. You should erase the misconception that farming is for those who have no education,” he said.

The first step to getting into agriculture he insisted was for the youth to disabuse their minds of the misconceptions about farming. He informed participants that enough credit facilities have been made available by government for those interested in taking up agriculture as a career.

The Chief Executive of Abusua Foundation, organizers of the Conference, Simon Tssike Sossah told the dailyEXPRESS after the session that the conference is a seed-sowing process that seeks to provide the needed platform for the youth to gain the needed recognition that will place them in pole position in the decision making process.

He said opportunities abound and if the youth would seek the common good of all, they will be able to make it. He said most of today's youth like the short cut way of doing things and this has been costly for most of them.

According to him if the youth would be proactive, innovative and ready to offer their skills to the good of an entire team, they stand a greater chance of breaking even.

“If young people can believe in themselves and what they have, they will be able to break the cycle of non-inclusion in very important issues that come up.”