Blue Skies Foundation as part of its social responsibilities has launched a school farm project to engage second cycle schools in the eastern region of the country where they operate, to introduce beneficiary schools to good agricultural practices and the importance of agriculture to national development through farm demonstration.
The general Manager of the Blue Skies foundation, Mr. Alister Djamatey , on Rite FM’s Morning Ride today, said the project has started four months ago and is expected to end November this year on a pilot basis covering schools in selected districts like lower Manya , Upper Manya , Yilo Krobo, Osudoku, and Shai Hills with schools like ; Yilo Krobo Secondary School, Manya Krobo Secondary School , as well as other secondary schools in Ensawam.
He noted it is their desire to the empower the youth in Agriculture through this initiative to replace the aging agriculture workforce and not leaving out the general public , all in the quest to improve agriculture in the country.
Mr. Alister also added that due to the recent trend of Modern Education with the youth seeking for white colour jobs, the youth are not willing to go into Agriculture meanwhile Ghana is blessed with a lot of Agricultural land and resources, and if Agriculture is taken serious could help the country in diverse ways.
Furthermore, He said many Ghanaians have considered Agriculture (Farm Work) as an indolent work for the poor. Many school authorities have considered farming as school punishment deterring the upcoming generation from venturing into agric. Blue Sky foundation and other partners have joined together to change the bad image of Agriculture. He reiterated
He concluded, participating schools and outstanding students on the farm will be awarded at the end of the programme in November and will continue in other part of the country to help improve agriculture in the Ghana.