Vice President Kembo Mohadi 

Youths have been encouraged to compliment government efforts to grow the economy by embarking on commercial agriculture.

Farming has long been regarded as the preserve of the white minority and recently after the land reform for the old men, but some youths have defied odds by venturing into the lucrative sector and at times ditching their white collar careers.

Officiating at the National Young Farmer Awards ceremony held in the capital yesterday (Friday) Vice President Kembo Mohadi implored young people to embrace farming as a lucrative commercial enterprise.

Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrence Shiri advised farmers not to take farming as a pass-time career but to employ a hands-on approach to achieve the required national output.

Aaron Denenga and Ben Washaya who won the National Young Farmers Award and Young Pig Farmer Award respectively invited other youths to venture into the sector to reduce unemployment.

Agriculture is key to dealing with the burgeoning current account deficit, one of the twin deficits mentioned by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube which needs to be effectively dealt with in order to heal the country’s economic challenges.