Abia House of Assembly aspirant tasks youths on mechanised farming
By Steve Oko
A frontline House of Assembly aspirant of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Dr Nnamdi Ibekwe has challenged youths to embrace mordern farming for economic survival instead of endlessly searching for non-existant white collar job.
The renowned farmer and consultant made the call when he visited a large expanse of land he recently acquired for his community for farming activities.
The land measuring tens of hectares is located along Ohafia -Arochukwu Road in Igbere.
He argued that modern agriculture remained the fastest way out of poverty but regretted that a lot of people especially youths still have the wrong orientation that agriculture is for the poor rural folks.
Dr. Ibekwe on his farm
The Igbere -born expert in green house farming appealed to youths to change their bias against agriculture and key into mechanised farming which had become a global trend
This he added, would not only help Nigeria in its drive towards achieving national food security but would also help in reducing unemployment.
He said it would also lead to a drastic reduction in crime rate as a number of youths who ordinarily would have been a ready recruit in the crime industry would rather be positively engaged.
Ibekwe therefore urged youths to embrace modern farmings like poultry, fishery, piggery, and cash crop plantations.
On his aspiration to represent Bende North State constituency, he expressed the confidence that he would secure the PDP ticket based on his pedigree and track record.
He also said it was the turn of his Igbere community to produce the occupant of the seat based on the gentleman agreement among communities in the constituency.
The philanthropist whose foundation had brought succor to many families said his major objective was to use his new position if voted to power to affect more lives.
He promised to attract meaniful projects that have direct bearing on the lives of his constituents especially the youths whom he regretted had been often neglected.
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