Agriculturist calls for improved infrastructure to attract youths

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An agriculturist, Tosin Babajide, says that there is an urgent need to improve road infrastructure so as to attract youths into farming.

Babajide said that agriculture was fast becoming the mainstay of the economy but the workforce in the sector needed to change.

He said that the majority of farmers across the country were old and the youth had to play a role in the development of agriculture, without which, no nation would survive.

Currently, we are talking about the issue of the increasing population globally and Nigeria is in the spotlight with a projected growth of over 440 million people in 2050.

“The Federal Government has made agriculture a priority sector and a lot of attention is on the sector but we need to get youth into the system.

“What we have now are old men and women who have been in the farming business all their lives.

“If we must get the youths to be attracted to the business of farming, then we must put certain things right and in place for them to see,’’ he said.

Babajide, who is also an oil palm farmer, said that modern machines at subsidized rates and available for leasing should be made available to farmers to ease methods of farming.