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Director of YARA advises youth to venture into agriculture and see it as a business

The West Africa Regional Director for YARA, Dankquah Addo-Yobo has advised the youth to venture into agriculture and see it as a business and not a form of punishment. He said agriculture is the backbone of many African economies. According to him, the youth have neglected the sector, many of whom shielding away because of the perception that it is difficult to earn a living, which he said is a major challenge confronting the agriculture sector.

Engaging youth in agriculture has been a prominent topic recently and has risen up the development agenda, as there is growing concern worldwide that young people have become dissatisfied with agriculture. 

Mr Danquah was speaking in an interview with Zaa news after an Agric Youth engagement forum organized by Agrihouse in Tamale. Mr Yobo mentioned that the agriculture sector is important to the country’s economy and the youth should make good use of the potentials available.

 He said ‘’agric is not only about farming, it involves so many things like animals rearing, inputs, nutrition, among others and the youth should make good use of these opportunities, to be self -employed  rather than relying on government’’.

 He said there is a need to show up the business angle of agricultural production systems by way of introducing improved technologies and how easy it is to access such technology. Mr Yobo who was addressing students of Animal Health and Production College in Tamale at the Tamale Sports stadium encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunities in the agric value chain.

According to him, there are several untapped opportunities in the sector that need to be discovered. Some of the students who shared their impressions after the forum to Zaa news said the forum has been helpful to them and promised to put the knowledge they have learnt to practice.

 Meanwhile students and farmers were earlier transported to the Agric-village Field Demonstration Site at Banvim, a farming community in the Tamale South constituency. The site is a 10 acre land donated by the Bavim-lana to Agrihouse foundation. YARA Ghana is a key sponsor of the 11th Pre-harvest Conference and Exhibition.

By: Lilian D. Walter/zaanews.com/Ghana

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