Dr Samuel Negedu, the Director- General, National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria has expressed concern over non participation of youths in agriculture in spite of its huge potential.
Negedu told newsmen at a briefing in Abuja that agriculture had the capacity to make Nigerian youths their own bosses and employers of labour.
According to him, agriculture is beyond farming, which youths often shy away from.
“Agriculture is a value chain, which includes processing and marketing, among others.’’
He said that the foundation had been working on how youths could leverage on opportunities in the sector to earn a living.
Part of such efforts is the organisation of annual national agriculture show.
The 2019 edition billed to take place between Oct. 14 and 18 will focus on youth activities along the development of agricultural value chain.
The event, which is the 12th edition, will attract participants from the 36 states of the federation and other countries as well as create avenue for farmers and entrepreneurs in agribusiness to showcase what they have.
“We want to see that we start working the talk. We believe it will be quite a spectacle to be there to hear the stories of these youths to encourage others.
“We want our collaborators to work with us closely and support us so that we have an effective show,” he said.
Negedu said that one of the aims of the show was to ensure that the public were adequately informed of where Nigeria is currently in terms of agriculture development.
The National Agriculture Show, which commenced in 2007 and organised by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, has been held annually for the past 11 years.