The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Edo, Comrade Desmond Agbama, has called for more involvement of youths in agriculture in the country.
Agbama made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday.
He said that youths’ involvement in agriculture had become necessary, especially now that oil price had continued to fall in the global market.
He said that if youths embraced agriculture it would boost food production for export and generate more foreign exchange for the country thereby reducing the impact of fall in oil price.
The chairman noted that youths used to work in plantations and farm settlements in the country before crude oil was discovered.
Agbama regretted that the country’s youths were no longer interested in agriculture due to its poor remuneration and lack of support.
He said: “youths now prefer to be involved in internet fraud and other means of getting quick money which do not contribute to the GDP of the country.
“Let government allocate more resources to the agricultural sector to ensure the establishment of large farm settlements where the youths will work.
“The farm settlements should have the needed infrastructure to encourage the youths to adapt to such environments.
“The National Youth Service Corp should encourage youths to embrace agriculture; NYSC should be an avenue to create awareness on the relevance of agriculture to nation building.”
He advised Nigerians not lament on the fall in oil price, but see it as a challenge to look inward and develop other sectors of the economy.