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.
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.