Mr. Micheal Enimil, Wassa East District Best Youth Farmer, has implored all unemployed graduates and youths in the country who are staying home to involve themselves in farming activities since there were enormous benefits in farming. He opined that farming has become a lucrative business now and when managed well will yield results and therefore called on the youth to embrace agriculture as a venture to avoid being unemployed.
Sharing his experience in farming after emerging as the Best Youth Farmer in the District with us, he indicated that it was beneficial because he was able to provide foodstuff for his family while getting incentives and rewards from the Farmers Day celebration.
He said there was no need to remain unemployed which leads to poverty when they can read and apply what they read and therefore challenged the youth to embrace farming to feed themselves and their families while making money from sales. He lauded the government for the introduction of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative since it has brought a lot of improvement in food production and the lives of farmers in the District.
Mr. Enimil thanked the government and the district authority for the award and said he was motivated by the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative and challenged himself to work hard to garner the prize.
Touching on some of the challenges farmers go through he mentioned some of them as inadequate supply of fertilizers and high cost of drugs such as weedicide which makes the work sometimes difficult.
The 35-year-old farmer from Daboase has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and has five (5) years of experience in farming.
He has built two (2) rooms self-contained, acquired one plot of land, sponsored two of his siblings (one in Senior High and the other in sewing) and is mentoring three youths who are into farming from the District. He owns five acres of plantain, 0.5 acres of garden eggs, 0.5 acres of tomato, 0.5 acres of okra, 0.5 acres of pepper, two acres of cucumber, 0.25 acres of cassava, two acres of cocoa, and four acres of rubber, 15 local poultry and ten goats.