Foundation for Young Farmers

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said lack of electricity in most rural areas is one of the major reasons why youths shy away from agriculture. The former president said for youths to be drawn to agriculture, the sector must be made attractive. “If the only place we have bright lights is in the cities, the youths will remain in the cities. You have to bring some light to the rural areas for youth to take agriculture seriously,” said Obasanjo.

Making agriculture attractive is the only way Kenya and other African countries can ensure food security and sufficiency and even export, said Obansanjo. “We must encourage commercial farming supported by technology to drive agricultural development,” said the former president who is a successful farmer. Obasanjo was speaking at the third African governance, leadership and management convention in Mombasa.

He said most youths are influenced by the West. Rappers from America…

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