I don't want our youth to go into agriculture - Otabil

I don't want our youth to go into agriculture - Otabil

Mensah Otabil, the leader of the International Central Gospel Church (ICCG), has said that he does not support the idea of youth going into farming.

I don't want our youth to go into agriculture - Otabil

According to him, many people in Ghana ventured into farming not by choice, but by necessity because there were no other opportunities for them.

Pastor Otabil said with 70% of Ghanaians already into agriculture, there was no point encouraging more people to join them, arguing that the country did not need more than 5% of the population to be farmers.

“All we need to do is to do it well so a few people can produce for more than all of us," he said, adding: "I don’t believe in the youth going into farming."

The pastor noted that in the so-called developed countries, less than 3% of the population are into farming.

He said the whole agricultural industry, including those who produce, process and market in the United States is just about 6% of the population.

"It's not the number of people in farming; it's the quality of the farming and we shouldn't be pushing young bright people and say: 'Go to the land!'. That's not the way. I don't want to have people with talent reduced to farmers and miners and workers with their body. I want people to work with their brain, with their ideas," he said.

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