Invest in agriculture, shun illegal migration, Miss Agriculture advises youths

From Judex Okoro, Calabar

Miss Agriculture Nigeria Eucharia Odida has called on Nigerian youths to shun illegal migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.

Odida said that instead of youth embarking on such a risky journey to Europe for greener pastures, they should rather remain in the country and invest their savings into agriculture.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Calabar on Tuesday, Odida, a graduate of the University of Calabar, said that agriculture has the potential of generating wealth if properly harnessed.

She said that the migrant crisis in Europe can be diminished if agricultural transformation is massively supported by the government and embraced by the youths adding that the value chain of agriculture is large enough to accommodate all youths irrespective of their fields of study.

Explaining that agriculture should be ‘youth centred’ and seen as an alternative to wealth generation, she said the federal government has made farming easy through the provision of loans/grants to improve production on varieties of the agricultural value chain.

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“I was able to access a N1 million loan which I used to start my poultry farm business. Unfortunately, most young graduates who were unemployed were not aware of the loans/grants because they have no interest in agriculture.

“So, I urge other youths to take this opportunity and venture into agriculture because it has a long value chain to accommodate everyone irrespective of their field of study.

“I have embarked on sensitisation tours across secondary schools in the state with a view to catching them young and shaping their thoughts on the perspective of agriculture.

“The migration is rising rapidly as youths continue to jump into the boat to Europe, whereas, the agricultural sector has the capacity to create jobs than any other sector in the world,” Odida advised.

According to her, Miss Agriculture was established for to enlighten the youths and create advocacy on the benefits attached to the value chain.

She added that the Miss Agriculture Crown is to attract the youths and challenge them to become “agropreneurs”.

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