The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the National Youth Authority is currently piloting a project dubbed youth in Planting for Food and Jobs in the region to help create employment avenues for the youth through agriculture.
Through the project the Authority is supporting ten youth in Siiriyiri in the Wa West District to cultivate ten acres of maize.
They are also supporting some youth in Nyoli and the Wa Central Prisons to cultivate twenty (20) and forty (40) acres of maize respectively.
In all they are supporting youth from across the region to cultivate 120 acres of maize through the project.
The Upper West Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, Mr. Mumuni Sulemana made this known to Progress News during a visit to some of the farms at Siiriyiri.
He said the youth in Planting for food and Jobs project is been undertaken with support from the various district Assemblies in the region to encourage the youth to venture into agriculture and see it as a lucrative business.
The NYA director said they hope to ensure more youth partake in the initiative next year.
The NYA Director however raised concern over the invasion of fall-Army worms on farms and said appropriate measures would be taken to curtail the invasion this year.
A group leader at Siiriyiri, Michael Waataa thanked the National Youth Authority for the laudable initiative and called on them to include more youth and communities.