The Chief Executive Officer
of Bbovid, an integrated, multi-purpose
agri-business development Center based in the
Mpohor District of the Western Region, has
challenged graduates and the youth of Ghana to
venture into agri-business as a viable means of
self-employment and sustainable livelihood.
He said Ghana has favorable
climatic and weather conditions and a good soil
to support viable agri-business of any kind. He
has therefore challenged the youth to fully
explore the vast opportunities available in
agro-industry to achieve their dreams.
Mr. Quedraogo said these
during an interaction on News 3, a popular radio
station based in Accra. He said many countries
do not have the conducive climatic conditions
that are abound in Ghana, and yet, they still
manage to engage in farming. He said in Saudi
Arabia for instance, rainfall is a hard
commodity and it is a common practice for
prayers to be said for the rains to come.
“The situation in our part of the world is
different,” he said. “Not only do we have so
much rainfall. People even die as a result of
floods. It is therefore unpardonable for
graduates and the youth to complain about the
lack of jobs when there is so much that they can
do to improve their personal economy and that of
the nation as whole,” he said.
Mr. Quedraogo said even
though agriculture is the cornerstone of our
economy, our society largely looks down on
farmers. “For many years, the society has made
it appear as if agriculture is the poor man’s
business. You go through all these struggles and
it is like a punishment doing agriculture.
Although about 65% of our people in the rural
areas are engaged in agriculture, it is mainly
on subsistence level.
He called on the government
to prioritize the sector and provide significant
support for the youth to produce food that we
need in Ghana and also for export because there
is a huge market in agriculture. Citing the
example of Nigeria, Mr. Quedraogo said the
government of that country injected about 390
million dollars into that country’s agricultural
sector a few years ago, as a major policy shift
from the oil sector to agriculture.
While advocating a similar
approach here in Ghana to invest in the sector,
he urged the youth, especially graduates to
change their mentality about agriculture in
order to fully explore the sector.
BBOVID is an integrated,
multi-purpose, agri-business development Center
with expertise in social entrepreneurship,
agro-forestry, organic farming and eco-tourism.
Bbovid promotes a new model of socially
inclusive, environmentally sustainable,
commercial farming, the first of its kind in
Ghana. The Center engages in organic farming,
animal husbandry, tree crop farming, fish
farming, production of animal fed and manure,
processing and marketing of farm produce and
training of youth and farmers in sustainable