Encourage Youth in Farming by Providing Equitable Farm Equipment Awards-Linguist urges MoFA
Nana Dora Sunkwa, Ohemaa Kyeame of Kenyasi no 3 in the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region has brought to light a pressing concern that requires immediate attention and action from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to encourage youth participation in farming.
Nana Sunkwa rightly points out that on farmer’s day, the distribution of farm equipment as awards often lacks equity, with richer farmers receiving high-value equipment that they can already afford, while poorer farmers are left with nothing more than a basic cutlass and cheap tools.
Nana Dora Sunkwa made this appeal when Rejoice Fm in collaboration with Farmradio International visited some communities in the Ahafo Region to address women’s social barriers to rural advisory services
She said disparity in awarding agricultural equipment undermines the spirit of motivation and support for the youth to actively engage in farming, which is critical for the future of our nation’s agriculture sector.
To address this issue and to foster a strong interest in agriculture among the youth, she strongly recommend that MoFA should prioritize a fair and equitable distribution of farm equipment during events like farmer’s day. Instead of solely rewarding wealthy farmers, a system should be implemented that takes into account the needs and contributions of all farmers, regardless of their economic status.
In addition, she further said MoFA should also recognize and reward farmers for their excellence in agricultural practices, innovation, and sustainable farming. This recognition can serve as a powerful incentive for the youth to embrace farming as a viable and respected profession.
By taking these steps, MoFA can foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for young farmers and encourage youth participation in agriculture. The benefits of investing in our youth today will undoubtedly yield prosperous returns for the future of our nation’s agriculture.