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Experts Encourage Ghanaian Youth to Embrace Agricultural Technology for Boosting Productivity

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At the just-ended Ghana Youth Agriculture Summit, experts have called on young people and agricultural enthusiasts to embrace technology in agriculture production to boost productivity. The summit sought to highlight the benefits of technological innovations in agriculture for the youth, women, and climate in achieving economic transformation and development.

The CEO of B&FT, Dr. Godwin Acquaye, advised the youth to read widely on innovative technological tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to equip themselves for the Agric value chain. He stressed that the use of these tools would boost production and efficiency in agriculture.

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Business Lawyer, Richard Nunekpeku, emphasized the need for young people to adopt technology in agriculture to tap into the numerous opportunities in the value chain to create employment and boost the sector. He also mentioned several funding support systems from international and local organizations available for young people interested in using technology for farming.

Mr. Nunekpeku urged the youth to use technology to solve the problems farmers face in the country. They can create an efficient way for farmers to source inputs, access extension services without the physical presence of extension officers, and market their produce. AI and machine learning provide opportunities for such possibilities.

Ben Boakye, the Executive Director of Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), added that agriculture is becoming energy-intensive for active productivity, and there is a need to use technology to adapt to new forms of energy. For example, electricity can be extended to farms to make power available for productivity.

The Ghana Youth Agriculture Summit is an initiative of Agricwealth, a non-profit organisation that seeks to mobilize 5 million youth across the country and encourage enthusiasm for agriculture. The summit brought together students, farmers, and other agricultural enthusiasts from all over the country.

Convener for the summit, Evans Kyere-Mensah, underscored the need for youth to take centre-stage in the agriculture sector to make the country a food-secure sovereign nation. He urged young people to leverage the power of technology in agriculture for economic transformation and development.

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