Minister Advises Youths to Embrace Agriculture
Minister of State, Power, Dr. Goddy Jedy-Agba, has charged young people in the country not to see farming as unattractive venture.
Jedy-Agba, who stated this while speaking to young people in his country home in Utugwang, Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State during the Obudu New Yam festival, charged them to key into President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural revolution.
The minister reminded his audience that before oil boom in the 70s, agriculture was the mainstay of the nation’s economy.
He intimated them that the government of President Buhari, through its economic diversification drive is investing hugely in agriculture through different schemes where farmers can access loans and grants.
He said: “I am happy to be with you here today. It is always a privilege and honour to enjoy this very unique celebration of new yam festival with you, my people. We are blessed with very fertile land and very hardworking people. I am happy with all of you who harvested the yams you used for today’s occasion from your farms. For those who did not, I enjoin you to invest in agriculture. Farming is not demeaning as some of you think. As a minister, I am a farmer, it is in my CV. Please, my people, let us support the President’s Agric revolution.
Agriculture is not old fashioned, it’s the present and the future. We must be deliberate in our efforts to grow the economy through agriculture. Honestly, we need to return to farming. We made so much as a country from farming in the past; we need to return to it because it’s our identity.
He added that “with the dwindling global prices of oil, electric car technology and many more, Nigeria cannot continue to rely solely on oil as the driver of its economy. This is why the President Buhari’s government is investing massively in agriculture.”
While urging the youths to support and pray for their leaders, he said: “Agriculture is the most viable solution to the issue of unemployment in Nigeria. We won’t stop with encouraging people, we are ready and willing to help our teeming youths anyhow we can to succeed in agriculture.”