The General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah has urged government to make the agricultural sector attractive and lucrative to encourage more youth to go into farming.
This, he believes would reduce the rate of youth unemployment in the country enabling Ghana to be self-sufficient in food production.
Speaking in an interview with GPCC News Team, the General Secretary pointed out that, government must reorient the minds of the youth so that they would not look at farming as punishment but a very lucrative means of employment.
“It is rather unfortunate that from our school days we have not been encouraged to take agriculture seriously and weeding which is part of agriculture has been used in the past to punish students for wrong doing, so it is something the government must do something to change the perception and make farming attractive,” he said.
Appeal to government
The General Secretary appealed to the government to help address some of the challenges confronting agriculture like the acquisition of large tracks of land and supply of tractors to attract the youth to venture into mechanised farming.
Touching on this year’s National Farmers’ Day, Rev Barrigah congratulated all the farmers for their hard work and all the efforts to feed the nation over the years.
“Even under trial circumstances: there are times that they didn’t get much needed inputs that should come to them to work effectively, there are times that they didn’t get access to the much extension services they needed but they have defiled all odds to ensure we are self-sufficient in food production,” Rev. Barrigah noted.
The man of God prayed Ghana will enjoy abundant blessings from God and also be self-sufficient in food production and exportation in the coming year.
He also used the occasion to urge government and stakeholders at the agricultural sector to renew their commitments in helping to improve the conditions of farmers in the country and the majority of people especially the youth in the agricultural sector.
The General Secretary urged government to continue its drive of ensuring value addition to the produce in Ghana. He wished all farmers a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS