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Photo: CECM Dr Moses Osia (Agriculture), KBL Head of Sustainability Jean Ngumo, Youth and Sports CEC Bernard Yaite and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during the Busia Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 at Busia Agricultural Training Centre on Friday

Run away from white collar jobs syndrome, Busia Governor tells youth

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.

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  1. Agribusiness is the way to go especially given the corruption hurdle that youths have to overcome to even get an interview chance. However, I wish the county would roll out an initiative that would enable youth to engage in non-white collar jobs. The truth is that we seriously have to shift our mindset from office-sitting jobs; youths have to go out on fields and engage in the supposedly ‘dirty’ agribusiness ventures. But we need a lead that would offer relevant help.

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