Education officer urges students to embrace farming

LIRA-Students in Uganda have been urged not to have a negative attitude towards agriculture/ farming and instead embrace it as a business activity that can transform their lives.

Moses Olok, a senior inspector of schools in the Ministry of Education and Sports gave the advice while presenting a trophy to students of St Katherine Secondary School in Lira City after they emerged as one of the best in the national agriculture and education show held in Jinja two months ago.

Olok reminded the students that farming is not for old people and illiterates as some people claim, adding that if students embrace it, it will improve their livelihoods.

He said agriculture is the background of Uganda noting that the Uganda National Farmers’ Federation organised the show at Jinja for schools to showcase their business enterprise ideas in agriculture.

He said oragnisers of the show considered different factors to award prizes to schools that participated. “We looked at standards, knowledge, behaviours, skills, and values in relation to agriculture which is the background,” he said.

The assistant commissioner in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Moses Muteekanga said 56 schools participated in the competition but Katherine was the best.

He cautioned female students against looking for jobs in Arab countries, saying they can create their own jobs and wealth if they use their family land to do farming.

“Back home, we have plenty of fertile land, good weather, cheap labour, and ability to farm and be prosperous,” he said.

He also advised the students to embrace agriculture and be able to earn big from it after finishing their studies.

The school’s head teacher, Rose Nangwala applauded the Ministry of Education and Sports for organising the competition, saying it is equipping students with agribusiness skills.

She said her students participated in quizzes, essay writing, debate, agribusiness like mushroom growing poultry keeping, nursery tree planting, and vegetable growing to be recognised by the organisers of the show.

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