Re-introduce Agricultural Science at JHS Level now- Blue Skies Company Project Assistant tells GES

By Jerry Akornor 

Project Assistant of Blue Skies Company Victoria Asamoah Asare has called on Ghana Education Service to immediately re-introduce Agricultural Science at Junior High School level to inculcate farming skills in students and achieve sustainable food security. 

According to her, Ghana risks of making unimpressive gains in the agricultural sector if it fails to whip up the interest of the youth at the basic levels of education towards agriculture.

The Blue Skies Company organises an annual 'The School Farm of the Year Competition slated for December 2021. 

Speaking to on Saturday 15 May 2021, the Project Coordinator of Blue Skies School Farms Madam Victoria Asamoah Asare said "I think making Agricultural Science a core examinable course is one of the reasons we brought the project. Majority of the young people are no longer interested in farming but everybody eat everyday. So if we are not training a new generation of farmers, then who is going to takeover? ". 

"Agriculture remains the backbone of the Ghanaian economy and industry players depend largely on farm produce, raw materials and if the next generation is not interested, where are we going to get the raw materials from? So...the idea is to get GES to bring back agriculture as a core examinable course".

The School Farm of the Year competition was started in 2015 by the Blue Skies Foundation in collaboration with Waitrose and Albert Heijn. The aim of the competition was to help improve the image of agriculture in Ghana, solely to encourage more young people to single out farming as a career.

Accordingly, the award prizes are given to schools that produce the best farm in terms of how it has engaged students in farming to promote active learning, aimed at developing a positive attitude about food and agriculture, the environment and entrepreneurialism. 

Each year over 60 

Schools and 3,000 

students participate in 

the competition to grab 

the Blue Skies School Farm of the Year. 

Madam Victoria Asamoah Asare, Project Assistant of Blue Skies Company, Nsawam-E/R, Ghana 

Apparently, 'The School Farm of the Year Competition' remains the foremost annual school farm project under the chairmanship of the Blue Skies Company, covering interested JHS and SHS in the Eastern, Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions of Ghana. 

The company supplies the shortlisted schools with seedlings, farm implements, tools, organizes workshop for the schools, and supervises the project until the crops mature for harvesting to pave the way for openings for the competition. The best school and best students are awarded with computers coupled with other categories of awards. 

With agriculture contributing over 60% to the Ghanaian economy, it is long overdue to to whip up the interest of the youth and students towards agriculture. 

It is against this background that Blue Skies Company Project Assistant Madam Victoria Asamoah Asare is of the opinion that if strategy is not mapped at JHS to inculcate agricultural skills in students, Ghana will lack farmers with the prerequisite and core competencies need to sustain food security.

For enquiries : 

054 350 9126

Victoria Asamoah Asare 

Project Assistant 

Blue Skies Company is located at Nsawam- E/R, Ghana.

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