The Minister designated for the Upper East Region, Ms. Paulina Patience Abayage, has opined that the youths of Ghana should be encouraged to focus on agriculture to reduce unemployment rate in the country.
She said the Upper East Region is endowed with organic cereals, vegetables and fruits, which when well packed and exported, will generate revenue for the country.
Appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament, presided over by the Member for Bekwai Constituency, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, Ms. Abayage indicated that the availability of cereals, vegetables and fruits in the Upper East Region can serve as an opportunity for the youths in the country to engage in farming on commercial bases.
“The availability of cereals, sweet potatoes, onions, watermelons in the region can be huge opportunity for the youths. These are the areas in agriculture that the country must pay much attention to and encourage the youth to invest in terms of farming.
This can be a huge investment for the country. The agricultural products in the region are organic and can be exported”. She reiterated.
Suggesting that financial support should be given to the producers of the organic agricultural products for expansion and commercial production.
Ms. Abayage in her submission, informed the Committee that the organic cereals, vegetables and fruits from the region can be processed, packaged and exported to other countries purposely for foreign exchange.