A compulsory one year involvement scheme in practical Agriculture has been advocated for youths.
Panelists on AKBC, current affairs programme “Discourse” said such scheme will expose participants to agriculture as an important revenue earner thus reorienting them against negative conception about agriculture.
The panelists including the Chairman youth in agriculture and economic empowerment, Prince Michael Ekanem, Chairman Women Agricultural link International Foundation, Mrs. Theresa Akpan and the Director General Youth for Agriculture and Food Security Initiative Architect Daniel Udoenang said the contemporary economic downturn is a siong to encourage people to return to agriculture.
They emphasized that the youth agricultural scheme should be a requirement for white-collar job in government establishments.
Describing agriculture as the highest income earner, the panelists said with proper coordination of inputs from farmers, Akwa Ibom State is on the verge of becoming self sufficient in food production, adding that more people are needed in food chain production and distribution services.