National Democratic Congress’ Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, John Dumelo, is advising the youth to get involved in agriculture, ABC News can report.
He says despite some shortfalls, farming remains a very lucrative business hence his call on the youth to pursue it.
In a Facebook post, the farmer cum actor noted that agriculture was not an avenue to make fast money but rather one that makes one grow steadily in wealth.
I’m a proud farmer. I have snails, cattle, goats, pigs and grasscutters. I also grow maize on acres of land to sell and also to feed the grasscutters and pigs. Farming is a very lucrative business, it has its ups and downs but eventually it’s very rewarding. Farming is not really about working hard, it’s about working smart. What and when you sow will determine what you reap. My advice to the youth, let’s all get involved in agriculture. It’s not an avenue to make fast money but it’s an avenue to grow steadily in wealth at the same time feeding yourself and the nation. Happy farmers day!
It is estimated that agriculture contributes to about 54% of Ghana GDP, and accounts for over 40 % of export earnings, while at the same time providing over 90 % of the food needs of the country.
Government pledges to make agriculture attractive to the youth
As part of efforts to get the youth venture into farming, government introduced the ‘planting for food and jobs programme’ in 2017.
The programme was envisioned to absorb unemployed youth in rural areas, with the government initially targeting the creation of 750,000 jobs in its first phase.
President Akufo-Addo, speaking at the launch of the programme, indicated that the programme will among other things reduce the rate of migration of the youth from the rural areas to rural areas in search of non-existent jobs.
“The Planting for Food and Jobs programme is expected to increase the production of maize by 30 per cent; rice by 49 per cent; soybean by 25 per cent; and sorghum by 28 per cent from current production levels. This programme will create 750,000 jobs in both direct and indirect employment,” President Akufo-Addo said.