How to avoid youth getting involved in agriculture?


DSC_0875‘My name is Sandhya, I am studying Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Suriname. I am currently doing an one year exchange program at Ughent to study agriculture courses of my choice. These fundamental courses are not available in Suriname.’

As I introduced myself at the social media bootcamp preceding the #ICYA2017 conference, I felt how my fellow students and bootcampers looked at me with question marks in their eyes: ‘What do you mean these courses were not available in your country? Is agriculture and food security not a priority in Suriname?’

And off I went on my usual tangent… Explaining, again, how on earth it was possible that in a country putting foodsecurity at the top of its agenda, only a limited choice of agricultural studies were available. And only at a graduate level.

It is an embarassing fact for many reasons:

Agriculture is one of the basic factors…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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