Catholic youth urged to embrace commercial farming after receiving tractor

SOROTI – The youth in Soroti Catholic Diocese have been urged to embrace commercial farming in a bid to fight poverty and unemployment.

This comes after the youth received a tractor from Vice President Jessica Alupo during the Youth Conference held recently at Shalom Youth Centre in Soroti City.

Padre Ongereny Waziwazi, Soroti Catholic youth chancellor as well as the chaplain, noted the tractor will be used by the youth to fight poverty in the region.

He urged the youth to plan how they will manage the tractor and which kind of crops to grow in order to generate income.

“We want self-reliant youth who will not burden their parents but rather grab opportunities that can change them,” Ongereny said.

Ongereny also urged the youth to engage in commercial agriculture, adding that they can produce food for home consumption and sale, including exporting.

He however appreciated the government for the donation of the tractor, saying it will promote mechanised agriculture.

Ongereny further advised the youth to engage in producing foods like cassava, green grams, beans, maize, and watermelon among others

Thomas Okello Aquinas, the youth coordinator Soroti Catholic Diocese said the church has enough land that the youth will use for agricultural production.

He said many youths in the dioceses had shown interest in farming but were facing difficulties in opening up the land, adding that individual youth can as well use the tractor to open up their land for commercial farming.

Besides, he also encouraged the young people to be keen on crop selection so that they do not incur losses in the end.

“Youth should be keen in choosing what to put down to avoid losses,” he said.

On the same note, he called upon parents to support their children by giving them land for production.

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