Mr Alister Djimatey, Foundation Manager and Public Relations Officer for Blueskies Company Limited, a fruit processing company, has entreated head of schools to desist from using weeding as a punishment .
He explained that, the only way to encourage the youth to venture into agriculture was to let them develop love for it from school.
“If heads of schools will continue to send recalcitrant students onto the field to do farming or weeding as a form of punishment, then our youth will grow to see farming as penalty and not reward,” he stressed.
Mr Djimatey said this when Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, the Outgoing Eastern Regional Minister and her Deputy, Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong paid an official visit to the Blueskies Company at Nsawam.
He appealed to Ministry of Education to institute a policy to check that negative tendency in schools which was killing the interest of the youth to venture into farming.
Mr Djimatey also expressed dissatisfaction on how parcels of land supposed to be fertile for farming were now being used for estate developments and called for identification, separation and protection of agricultural lands from plots for residential estates.
Mr Djimatey used the occasion to announce that the Blueskies Company was to start an inter-school competition to encourage students to do farming.
He said the company in collaboration with the education directorate and the Ministry of Agriculture would soon start piloting the programme in senior high schools in Nsawam.
Mrs Ruth Smith Adjei, General Manager of Blueskies pointed out that, in spite of the efforts of the company to achieve excellence in the agribusiness, the company was faced with overcoming challenges of corruption and bureaucracy from some government agencies.
The General Manager expressed worry about the ordeal of the company going through at 27 barrier from Burkina Faso border to Nsawam when bringing in fresh fruits for production.
Mrs Adjei appealed to state institutions and stakeholders to help the Blueskies Company to be sustainable.
Ms Ntoso eulogized the company for their commitment to encourage agriculture, especially among the youth in the country and pledged to assist them in achieving that goal.
She entreated the staff, traditional authorities and the Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly to help the Blueskies company to sustain business to keep the over 1800 Ghanaian employees of the company. GNA