Sheikh Ibrahim Mustapha, the Chairman of the Islamic Council for Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS), at the weekend, urged Muslim youth to venture into Agriculture as it is a profitable venture.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema, Sheikh Mustapha said “agriculture as an economic activity is capable of pushing back the frontier of poverty in our Zongo and inner cities.”
According to the Islamic Scholar, Religious leaders, Traditional leaders and other successful Muslim businessmen and women should partner with the government to promote farming among the Zongo youth to reduce the high rate of unemployment in the inner cities.
The scholar called on Islamic institutions to set up a scholarship scheme to support students to study agriculture and food production sciences at the universities.
Sheikh Mustapha noted, “we have lost most of our fertile land in Accra to Estate Agency but encouraged the youth to explore the fertile land outside the Greater Accra Region.”
He commended the government for planting for food and jobs initiative but said the bad road network and dam facilities in the rural areas were hindering the youth to venture into Agriculture and urged the government to invest in those sectors.
He also encouraged farmers to be more innovative and creative to be able to adapt to the modern trend of farming.
He advised Zongo Youth to step up in the production of vegetables as there was a huge demand for such items in the country.
Sheikh Mustapha called for peaceful coexistence among the various religious groups in the country to enhance development, especially during the Christmas festive season.
“It is important for Muslims to respect other religions to enable peace, harmony, tolerance and unity in the country,” he added.