AIM-Africa to train 10000 youth as farm Inspectors


By Isaac
Arkoh, GNA

Bereku (C/R), May 05, GNA – Agricultural
Investment Management – Africa (AIM-Africa), an Agriculture-centred private
organisation dedicated to the training of farm inspectors and service providers
has initiated moves to train about 10,000 youth to provide farm services to
farmers in 24 months.

The move seeks to augment Extension Agents
services to farmers with keen interest on providing daily farm services across
the country, especially those in far-reaching villages and hamlets.

This, the organisation believes would
transform the minds, skills and misconception about farming to attract more
youth to venture into agriculture as a viable means of livelihood.

Addressing participants at a day’s training
workshop on best agronomic practices held at Assin Bereku, Mr Isaac Manu, the
Chief Executive Officer, of the organisation said they were determined to
ensure that the youth, aged between 18 and 35, became productive by earning
decent incomes from farming.

The participants numbering over 100 including
two females were drawn from the Western, Eastern, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo,
Northern, Upper West, and Central Regions.

They were taken through human health and crop
safety, pruning, spraying, fertilizer application methods and hand pollination
to help control the use of excessive chemical application and support good
agricultural practices.

On precautionary measures, they were advised
to handle chemicals with prime concern about human health and be very
meticulous with quality, dosage and approval from its use in order not to
endanger their own health and farm produce.

They must also protect their body by wearing
protective cover including; wellington boots, nose cover, hand gloves, eye-shade,
heavy-cloths, ear-protector and desist from inhaling, eating, smoking, tasting
agro-chemicals.

Expressing concern over the increasing number
of youth who completed school without employment opportunities in the country,
Mr Manu underscored the need for all to support to create gainful employment to
the idling youth across the country.

He mentioned the lack of employable skills
among the youth to get none existing white-collar jobs after school, hence
compelling them to resort to social vices to earn a living.

To address it, he indicated that the
organisation had come at an opportune time to address those challenges with
collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the youth
would be supported technically and assist them with funds and in the management
of their farms, especially in the areas of book keeping and investments.

He expressed confidence that the incentive
package, together with supply of free seedlings would motivate farmers to
co-operate the farm service providers to cut diseased, moribund and overaged
cocoa tress to increase their yield.

Linda Osei, a participant from the Eastern
Region lauded AIM-Africa for the practical training exercises and extending
their years of agricultural services to cover all the corners of the country
and pledged their dedication and commitment to impact the knowledge acquired to
all farmers irrespective of their geographical location to protect national
food security.

GNA



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