Agricultural development as a Panacea to a recessing economy

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AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: A PANACEA TO A RECESSING ECONOMY THROUGH YOUTH INVOLVEMENT AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
Being a youth gives me the utmost interest to write on this topic. A common global axiom is that our youth are the leaders of tomorrow and therefore expected to serve as agents of change by promoting social Harmony and integration through active participation in various sectors of the economy among which is the Agricultural sector.
Given the deplorable state of  agriculture in development indices,an individual perhaps a youth, is opportune to engage in the change agenda and propagandas in other to alleviate poverty and impoverishment by providing sustainable solutions to the menace of food insecurity, unavailability and global world hunger through various agricultural initiatives. Of course, agriculture could have a wide scope,but the central aim of a living agricultural sector counts chiefly in providing adequate food supply and preventing hunger crisis as this is a key prerequisite to a prosperous economy.

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Does the youth have any significant role to play in this context? If yes,how can they perform such roles? How viable are  the idea of such youths in agricultural development and how efficient could such ideas be manifested? These are all rhetorical questions that should be appropriately thought over.

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To examine the role of youths in agricultural research and development, a critical analysis of some external factors must be made. The youth have to be intellectually sound and equipped with the basic premise of knowledge in agricultural practices. This will enhance a subsistence agriculture at the rural level. Lack of proper understanding of agricultural practices and its techniques will not only lead to a failure but also facilitate inefficiency in the agricultural sector.

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Despite the consequences of inadequate technical know-how, lack of adequate funding and support for youths initiatives in Agriculture seems to take a higher percentage in disrupting activities in the agricultural sector of the economy. If youths are motivated by providing support and grants for their projects, a higher proportion of youth will be willing to actively participate in Agriculture and this will give a better prospect for boosting the economy.
More so, mass advocacy and awareness program on agricultural break through should be encouraged at all levels of education by all stakeholders. This will help to bring up a generation of youths willing to participate in Agriculture incessantly and therefore emerging a better panorama for the future of agriculture. Moreover, people in Agriculture  should portray a good reputation of the sector and its entities as that would serve as a distinct motivation for the youths. Farming is predominantly portrayed as an unprofitable hard work and old fashioned business and not seen as a young person’s game. Greater awareness of the benefits of agriculture as a career needs to be built and properly developed amongst young people for greater market engagement and farming as a business.
The roles of youths in agricultural development cannot be overemphasized, in fact, youths have the greatest role to compliment. This is manifested in the recent call for youths participation in leadership across the globe. This will in no time promulgate the noetic exposure of talented youth to bring forth creative ideologies and sparkle dialogue to resolve various detriments in Agriculture thereby promoting a sustainable economy.

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It is expedient to state that, the rise of social media and it’s attraction among  youths of this century Incorporated with access to to the appropriate technologies could be a route in engaging new groups of people into the agricultural sector if the two could be linked in some ways. Not only can ICT be used to create awareness but it can as well be used as a tool to help disseminate  knowledge, build networks and make research in other to reduce costs of business transactions, thence, increasing agriculture’s profitability.
Foregoing, engaging youth in Agriculture and the potential for transformation this could bring in spite of the complexities of modernizing agriculture should be  a focus of every government aspiring to reduce poverty than investing in any other public sector. As such,youths are expected to become part of policy discussion about matters arising in Agriculture both at the local and national level whether as advisory groups or local development meetings as this will serve as a panacea to a recessing economy.
Conclusively, youths are encouraged to be a part of, and promote the participation of different stakeholders in agricultural and scientific events. They are also implored to create experiences around the world while at the same time continue with local movements and give young people the chance to improve their pragmatic and virtual skills all in the course of promoting  a reformed agriculture.

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Written by;
Al-Mustapha Ibrahim I 
almustaphaibrahim03@gmail.com
University of Ilorin.Ilorin Nigeria.

Edited by: Campus Agriculture Network Editorial Board.
Categories: Uncategorized

8 Comments

necessities · March 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Scholar Sir.

abdulkabir balogun · March 21, 2019 at 2:06 am

Nice piece. That's why 'Progressive N-Power Business Ventures' team wants to involve students (youth) in agriculture at the University of Ilorin through a 'work-study- program.

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Unknown · April 2, 2019 at 11:08 am

Nice write up.. The article is well articulated.

Unknown · April 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Great job!
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