Uhuru Kenyatta rallies youths to embrace agriculture

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on young people in Africa to take agriculture seriously, noting that the sector holds enormous potential to create jobs and spur the continent’s economic transformation.

President Kenyatta spoke during a virtual youth town hall meeting on the sidelines of this year’s Africa Green Revolution Forum Summit (AGRF) attended by young people from across the continent on Thursday.

He asked youths to explore opportunities in areas such as agricultural technologies, on and off-farm ventures, aggregation, transportation of produce and value addition, etc.

“Agriculture in Africa needs these young people, and the young people should begin to see immense opportunities and benefits available in agriculture,” said President Kenyatta.

At the same time, Kenyatta urged African Governments to listen more to the youth to be able to create an enabling environment for young people to enter and thrive in the agricultural sector.

He also asked players in Africa’s agricultural sector to support the youth by creating an enabling environment for them to innovate solutions for identified sectoral challenges without imposing their preferences.

Kenyatta stated negative perception and attitude to agribusiness, limited access to financial services, inadequate skills, knowledge, and information, limited access to land for agribusiness, limited access to markets, and limited value addition as some of the challenges and barriers preventing Kenyans youths from participating fully in the agricultural sector.

Other challenges are inadequate policies to support you in Agri-preneurship, climate change, environmental management, and other cross-cutting issues.

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