A political scientist, Kwame Owusu Basoah, has stated that Ghana’s agriculture sector is the oxygen of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and not simply the backbone.
According to him, more viable farming methodologies need to be implemented to ensure large quantities of food productivity in the country.
He however stressed that youth participation should be government’s main priority where the mindset of the youth should be re-orientated towards agriculture.
Government, he said, should also focus on going back to the basics of agriculture where agriculture as a subject is practicable to inculcate the spirit of farming in children at a tender age to develop passion for farming.
Lack of education, he said, has contributed to increase of cancerous diseases following chemical infections in foods produce by farmers due to their inability to read and understand the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers
According to him, educated farmers would be able to apply the right quantities of chemicals meaning reducing chemical infection.
Kwame Owusu Basoah averred that the tendency of uneducated farmers losing their lives is common because they inhale chemicals during spraying due to ignorance.
He observed that for government’s flagship planting for food and Jobs to yield more results, youth engagement has to be pursued in order to get their attention for the policy and the need to actively participate.
He averred that there is availability of job opportunities in the country but stressed that it boils back to re-orientation of youth mindset.
By David Armstrong