Special incentives planned for youth in agric – Dep. Ahafo Min designate

Youth from Ahafo region who have expressed interest in agriculture are expected to benefit from incentives which will motivate them to stay in the sector, Deputy Minister designate for Ahafo region, Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere has revealed.

The Planting for Foods and Jobs programme was launched by the president in 2017 to help address the declining growth of the agricultural sector of the country.

As part of the programme, Ghanaians have been admonished to take up agriculture as a full-time business to enable the country to produce enough to feed itself and for export.

It is to this end, that the incoming Deputy Minister for Ahafo region, Yeboah Sekyere has resolved to collaborate with his Minister to ensure that the right incentives are given the youth.

Speaking at the Appointments Committee during his vetting on Monday, he said, “We will give right incentives to youth interested in farming. We will deepen youth in agriculture in the region”.

The Ahafo region generally is heavy on agriculture especially cashew and poultry and with the vision to deepen it further is expected to go a long way to entice the youth.

When asked  on the issue of the continuous migration by the youth and its negative effect on the country’s human resource, Mr Sekyere indicated that, the poverty level in Ghana recently has created the impression that the only way to be successful is to travel overseas.

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‘’We are living in a country where travelling is deemed a blessing from God and for that matter it would be very difficult to stop anyone from travelling. Employment and jobs creation, education and a lot of sensitization would make some of our youth stay and work here. Most of them decide not to go back there when they finally return to Ghana but because there is no job here, they end up going back’’.

While acknowledging the need to do more to absorb the large number of unemployed youth, he maintained that the only way to curb the menace is to create more jobs in both the formal and informal sectors adding that such measures when considered, would address the long-standing national problem (unemployment).

When Mr Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere confirmed will be the first Deputy Minister for the newly created Ahafo Region.

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