Professionalism in agriculture, through the inclusion of the African youth is a great opportunity for creation of jobs in micro, small and medium size firms and reduction of poverty.
This was said in Luanda by Angola’s candidate for the post of African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Sacko.
Speaking to Angop, the candidate said the human capital must be prepared to implement the policies and strategies outlined seeking to attain the goals set under the 20/63 Agenda.
Josefa Sacko who is a former secretary of the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (IACO) was presenting her strategy on the future of agriculture in Africa, saying there is need for the old generation of farmers to give place to a new generation.
“The challenges are enormous. We are having a demographic rise that we need to feed and the food security programme has to be guaranteed,” she said.
To this end, the official added, skilled personnel are required to push the work forward.
She stated that the country is faced with the lack of seeds, fertilizers and tractors and professionalism means need for skilled youths to become farmers themselves.