Mr. Issa Ouedraogo, Chief Executive Officer of B-BOVID, an indigenous agro-based company in the Western Region, has tasked the youth to venture into aqua-culture, saying it’s a viable and attractive career path for unemployed youth.
He said fish catch has dwindled as a result of the oil exploration on the Jubilee Oilfields and there is therefore the need for proactive measures to safeguard fish security in the country.
“Even though the oil exploration will bring us revenue and boost the fortunes of the country’s economy, however if there is any major oil spillage on our waters, it will have consequential effects on our marine life and the people will suffer immensely”, he said.
Mr. Ouedraogo expressed these concerns when a delegation from Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture toured the company site, at Mpohor, to acquaint themselves with modern farming practices.
He therefore urged the government, donor partners and companies operating in the Region to empower the youth to venture into aqua-culture and modern agricultural practices which would create jobs, wealth and ensure food security in the country.
This transformation would enhance youth development and help avert total dependency on crude oil and other natural resources in the country, he added.
The agro-firm, based in Mpohor District, promotes a new model of socially inclusive commercial farming, combining innovative agricultural practices, ecological farming and social entrepreneurship to deliver high quality organic products.
The company operates on the values of improving the lives of the people, the planet and profits (PPP) by conserving the environment, promoting sustainable lifestyles, creating jobs and reducing poverty in rural communities.
It also offers Information Communication Technology (ICT) training to local farmers, students and promotes sustainable organic agriculture and profitable agribusiness for smallholder farmers.