1 Miss Agriculture Nigeria, Miss Eucharia Odida, has called on Nigerian youths to shun illegal migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.
Odida who gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Calabar, said agriculture has the potentials of generating wealth if properly harnessed.
2 She said Nigeria youths should stop taking the risky journey of travelling to Europe and other foreign countries in search of greener pastures, urging them to remain in the country and invest in agriculture.
3 She said the migrant crisis in Europe can be diminished if agricultural transformation is massively supported by the government and embraced by the youths.
5 She explained that agriculture should be ‘youth centered’, hence the need for more youths to see agriculture as a priority alternative to wealth generation.
8 “I want to call on Nigerian youths to shun the risky journey to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, but rather, they should invest their little savings into agriculture and earn a living.
9 “The migration is rising rapidly as youths continue to jump into the boat to Europe, whereas, the agricultural sector has the capacity to create jobs than any other sector in the world.
10 “I urge the youths to take this opportunity and venture into agriculture because it has a long value chain to accommodate everyone irrespective of their field of study.
Odida, who also lauded the federal government for granting to youths to venture into agriculture, said she was able to access N1million loan which she used to start her poultry farm business.
12 She however complained that most young graduates who are unemployed are unaware of the because they have no interest in agriculture.
13 “Miss Agriculture was established for us to enlighten the youths and create the advocacy on the benefits attached in the value chain.
“The crown I wear as Miss Agriculture is to attract the youths and let them know that there is much they can benefit if they take up the challenge to become agropreneurs,” Odida said.