Rev. Nana Fianku Bekoi, the founder of the Christ Mount Zion Revival Ministry, at Kwamoso in the Akwapem North Municipality of the Eastern Region has called on government to make the study of Agricultural Science compulsory at the Junior High and the Senior High School levels to encourage the youth to develop the interest for Agriculture at the basic level.
Speaking in an interview with host of Rite FM’s Agric Forum on Saturday, the Reverend Minister who also doubles as the Nkosohene for Kwamoso recounted what pertained in the olden days when groups such as the farmers’ brigade and state farms employed a lot of young people.
“In the olden days, there were such groups as the farmers’ brigade and state farms which employed almost all the youth in the country,” he recalled.
He urged government to consider reviving these policies in a bid to revitalize the spirit of agriculture.
“If government really wants to achieve the purpose for the ‘planting for food and jobs policy,’ it should consider reintegrating Agriculture into the system through reviving defunct policies such as the farmers brigade, state farms as well as equipment to lure the youth especially, to go into farming,” he challenged.
When asked about his expectation towards the upcoming national farmers day celebrations, Nana Fianku Bekoi said he expected that the rightful awardees be awarded and not those who do not deserve the awards.
Several stakeholders in the agric have expressed regret at the fact that agricultural science does not receive the much needed recognition in the country’s educational system.
They argued that this was regrettable especially in the wake of deficiencies in Ghana’s ability to feed its populace.
According to critics, Ghana is one country that cannot even produce enough to feed her own people and so expect the country to increase the production and enhance agriculture to get educated farmers in the country.
But rather unfortunately, agriculture science is not even a core subject but rather part of the integrated science.
Source; Prince Paul Amuzufirstname.lastname@example.org