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The Greater Director of Agriculture, Delali Nutsukpo, has called on the youth, especially the educated ones to take advantage of the government’s planting for food and jobs policy and venture into full-time farming.
According to him, the policy presents enormous opportunities for every youth, asserting that, “Agriculture will continue to play a vital role in our national development, into the future”.
He said “the prospect of Agriculture as a subject in Ghanaian schools is brighter now than before, but to achieve this, the face of Agric has to change to respond to global trends”.
Speaking at a day’s capacity building workshop for Teachers of Agriculture from about 56 selected Senior High Schools in the Greater Accra Region, Mr. Nutsukpo admitted that, Ghana needs more educated farmers, and “to get educated farmers require a change in teaching of Agriculture Science in our schools to producing Practitioners instead of just Agric Scientists”.
The training aimed at building the capacity of Teachers of Agric Science, in learning and teaching of Agric Science and to also help them to know the various policies that are related to Agriculture in general in the Country, so that they can benefit from the policy.
The Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Innovation and Education (STMIE), Berthy Buah, charged the participants to focus more on the practical aspect of the subject and combine it with the theory or the classroom work in teaching the students.
She said, they don’t want their Teachers to see Agriculture Course like other teaching subjects, adding that, “If it happens so, it becomes something like a theoretical activity, but when they see it as something that can benefit them financially, they will teach and practice it too”.
According to her, “We want teachers to go beyond and teach the students the government policies, interventions the government is making and the prospects in the Agric Sector”, believing that, the children or the students will appreciate the importance of the subject.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah