Professor Kolawole Salako, Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has called for increased activities and involvement of youths in food production as the country’s population is increasing at a very high rate. This, he said, has become imperative in order to feed the growing population. He gave the charge while speaking at the 2019 Agribusiness Excellence Recognition Award, put together by the Golden Crown Agricultural High School, Awa Ijebu, and called on youths in the country to take up agriculture as a business and means of livelihood.
He said: “For us to feed them there is the need for increased agricultural production to meet the full demand of the people and reduce importation”, adding that the involvement of youths in agriculture would allow them to showcase their full potentials in agriculture and agribusiness. He also encouraged the participants to work towards exposing youths to agriculture and making it attractive to them in order to sustain their interest. He advised farmers to put in place succession programmes so that young ones can be actively involved in agricultural practices. Daily Independent