Replacing the aging farm population: 500 young people receive support

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An initial group of 500 young farmers, processors and agricultural technology developers (agritech) across the country are supported to use technology and other innovative ways to engage in smart agriculture.

Under the National Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NEIP), the support will also train young people in modern agriculture and help them generate significant income to meet their personal and business needs through agriculture. as a commercial enterprise.

Dubbed: ‘Youth in Innovative Agriculture (YIIA)’, the program is expected to replace the aging population in agriculture as it trains the next generation of smart young farmers to ensure agricultural productivity and food security.

The project, which is funded by the Ministry of Finance’s GH ¢ 100 billion GH ¢ ‘Obaatan pa’ COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalization of Enterprises Support (CARES) program, targets stakeholders in the vegetable, corn , poultry, livestock, yam and cassava cultivation.

Likewise, the program will provide support to those who turn to agro-industrial and agricultural technology or solutions.

The Ghana CARES program is a three-year program aimed at ensuring that productive sectors of the economy are supported to stimulate growth and recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beneficiaries

Program beneficiaries will receive amounts ranging from GH ¢ 20,000 to GH ¢ 200,000 in flexible loan facilities payable within three to five years at an interest rate of 10 percent per annum.

Application for the program is open to all Ghanaians and started from yesterday to February 5 of this year.

The YIIA program seeks to enlist young people between the ages of 18 and 40 who are in agriculture for training and funding.

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At the launch of the program yesterday, NEIP’s Director of Business Support and Policy, Mr. Franklin Owusu-Karikari, said the concept of supporting youth in agriculture was necessary as it would help facilitate food security and nutrition in the country.

He said the program would help increase productivity in the agricultural sector, as it would encourage many young people in the sector.

“Increasing productivity in the agricultural sector depends on young people, who make up 30 to 40 percent of Ghana’s workforce,” he said.

Likewise, he noted, the program would help tackle Ghana’s aging farming population, noting that “there is compelling evidence of the aging farming population in the country that needs to be addressed. processed to facilitate the sustainability of agricultural production ”.

Mr. Owusu-Karikari therefore encouraged all Ghanaians in the target group to apply for the program.

He explained that the candidates would undergo a one-month training course.

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