Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), has called on the government to encourage the youth population to engage in agriculture as this a viable means to reduce unemployment by a good measure. This would also reduce social vices like cultism, prostitution and street begging, as the youth would be actively engaged in agriculture.

ASAN’s President, Taiwo Adeoye, spoke in Lagos during the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Youth Summit 2016. He implored government to raise the interest of young people in agri-business by providing them with easy access to funds, infrastructure and training.

He urged the government to train youths in modern ways of agriculture and agri-business “immediately after high school.”

“After the training, those who choose to start an enterprise should be funded and encouraged while those who choose to work should be placed in the farms of those who choose to create enterprises, that way their knowledge is used to build their businesses and that way it becomes sustainable.

Guests at the event included Liberia’s Honourary Consul to Nigeria, Chief Mrs. Opral Benson and Lagos State Special Adviser on Civic Engagements Mrs. Kehinde Joseph among others.

The summit was themed ‘Agriculture as a Sustainable Development for Youth Empowerment’, was organised by Shalom Vineyard Initiative (SVI).

A major highlight of the event was the unveiling of the second edition of the ECOWAS Delight International Magazine by SVI chairperson, Judith Eyegho alongside Adeoye, Benson and Joseph.