Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of every country. However, in this part of our world, there’s a widespread perception that this occupation is the reserve of the illiterates.
The youth prefer white-collar jobs in the cities, which has vastly contributed to the staggering number of unemployment in the country. Former Black Stars player, Shilla Illiasu has seen the lucrative side of farming and has ventured into it.
Shilla Illiasu who also played for Kumasi-based clubs, Kumasi Asante Kotoko and King Faisal told Asempa FM that he’s now based in the Northern Region growing maize and other crops on his farm.
I am staying in Tamale in the Northern region,” he told Asempa FM on the Sports Nite Program.
“I am now a farmer growing maize and other stuff; I don’t need the money and the decision was purely personal. I have buses working for me but I decided to get myself occupied with something and farming for me, was the best thing,” he added.
“What I can remember is that I was very benevolent. It was not like I went to church or mosque but if I noticed those around me were in difficulty, I came to their aid to out smiles on their face.
For instance, if they were doing church or mosque projects, I would go and support if I felt the need. So that’s what I can remember, I loved giving and it helped my career,” he concluded.