A Non-governmental Organization, Civil Society for Ethics And Value Development Initiative (CSEVDI), has urged Nigerian youths, particularly those seeking white cola jobs to find alternative in embracing agriculture.
This it said was one of the only ways of getting job without any stress and engage employee into the business as it was strived.
The Ogun State Coordinator of the NGO, Mr. Abayomi Bajela, made this submission in Abeokuta, the state capital, during a workshop on developing right ethics in agriculture with the theme: “Ethical Change In Agriculture For Improved Economic Value”.
He said Nigerians were living in the means of plenty, but lack everything due to non-challant attitude towards farming and total neglecting of farming sector in the country.
Bajela, stressed the need to re-arrange the values of agricultural sector and key into it by the youths instead of roaming the street and looking white cola job that was not sufficient.
“We need to change our ethics and re-arrange our values on agriculture, this will be a great and appreciate by the people. Instead of looking into our land lying values and overgrown by weeds, but we need to expose our land for agricultural value and avoid thriving by mosquitos and weeds for germination”, he said.
While describing agriculture as a key value in enhancing Nigerian youths potential when key into it, he noted that it generates more economical productive when there was a shortage of employment generation by government.
It would also create window opportunities for the teeming youths in the country if they were really ready to key into farming.
In his presentation, the CSEVDI Secretary-General, Mr. Tajudeen Toyun-Oke, said the production, transformation and distribution of food and agricultural products were generally accepted as routine aspects of daily life around the world, noting that such activities have rarely been addressed with the realm of ethics and vaules.
He said globally, agriculture was confronted with huge problems, such as hunger, under nutrition, causing blindness and marasmus due to non applying and complying with core ethics and values involved in agricultural sector which brought about retrogressive on nation’s agricultural development.
In the same vein, the state Director Of Fisheries, Mr. Ajayi Adekunle Obafemi, lamented that agriculture was being viewed by majority of people, particularly youths as a business of rural areas, as well as a business of uneducated people because of the challenges been facing and still facing in their farm production.
Obafemi, who noted that farmers were facing inadequate of improved technology availability and poor management of agriculture equipment as well as farm tools by the handlers of the agricultural sectors, added that with attitudinal change of farmers in country, it would be encouraged to key into agricultural sector.
“You are not only to produce food for the people alone for consumption but to become entrepreneur and employer of labour, all you need to do is to change your orientation and behavioural attitude towards agriculture”, Obafemi stated.