Chairman of the Tema Community 3 Livestock Farmers Association, Mr Akwasi Amankwah, has reiterated the call on government to make farming attractive to the youth by supporting them with incentives.
He made the call at the Tema West Municipal Farmers’ Day Awards ceremony where he was adjudged the most promising farmer of the year 2018.
He revealed that most of the youth would have loved to go into farming, but they were deterred because of the lack of funds, land and logistics to go into full-time farming.
He bemoaned the high interest rate that farmers have to pay when they go in for loans.
That, he said, adversely affected their output, thereby making a lot of people, especially the youth, to shun the idea of going into full-time farming.
He thanked the Tema West Municipal Assembly for recognising his hard work and said the award would urge him and others to continue the hard work they do as farmers.
The Community 3 Livestock Farmers Association was formed about three years ago and they are made up of about thirty farmers who are mostly freight forwarders who have come together to farm.
Some of them are poultry, pigs, sheep, grasscutters, goats and rabbit farmers.
The Tema West Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs Adwoah Amoako, reiterated government’s resolve to make agriculture the backbone of the economy.
She tasked the youth to take a cue from the Tema Community 3 Livestock Farmers who even though have their individual professions still do farming to supplement their incomes.
Story: From Na-Illatu IDDRISU, TEMA