Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has told the youth to run away from while collar jobs syndrome but instead embrace agribusiness and entrepreneurship.
Speaking during the official launch of the Busia Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 at Busia Agricultural Training Centre on Friday, the Governor said self employment has emerged the best earning income earner across the world.
” I was in Turkey recently where I was told that agriculture is the greatest employer. Our youth need to change their mindsets to embrace agriculture which has ready market.
I urge Kenya Breweries Limited for introducing sorghum farming in Busia County and investing Sh15billion to construct a beer processing plant in the region. The youth should seize the opportunity,” he said.
He said his government wants to make agribusiness friendly to the youth, adding that the County Government has support programs and other funds including Agricultural Development and Co-operative funds which will be availed to youth groups to empower them economically.
KBL’s Head of Sustainability Jean Ngumo urged the youth to embrace sorghum farming as well as Senator Keg retail as the region gears up for launch of the Kisumu Brewery which comes into operation late this year..
She said KBL targets to recruit 15,000 sorghum farmers in the next five years offering a guaranteed market for the crop, adding that the Kisumu Brewery is expected to create 100,000 indirect jobs from the farms to the Senator Keg distribution chain in Western and Nyanza counties.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi denied false notion that agriculture is a dirty business, adding that some youth in Kenya who have taken agriculture as their profession earn up to Sh192m per year.
County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said the assembly will do everything possible to bring legislations in support of the youth agenda.
Those in attendance included County Executive Committee Members Bernard Yaite (Youth, Sports), Dr Moses Osia (Agriculture and Animal Resources ), Chief Officer Joy Wanga (Youth and Sports), Ruth Mukhongo (Agriculture) and County NYC chairman Benjamin Sireka.