The Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina Pledge to support IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA)


In a plenary session on youth issues and challenges, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, while addressing the participants, gave a little story of his ambition right from child hood. He said at age 14, he finished high school. After obtaining a form for admission into the tertiary institution _ University of Ibadan, his Dad kept  filling Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry as a choice of course for his University degree. This was done for 3 consecutive years and the University management kept declining his offer, thereby offering him admission on agronomy. This was when his Dad accepted his fate to study agriculture in the university.

The Honourable minister stressed the fact that; to get young entrepreneurs like IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA), the University curriculum must be changed to accommodate a change in mindset of young future entrepreneurs from the grass root. He further highlighted some statistics which underscored his success in office as an Agriculture Minister because he was opportune to have his capacity built by IITA and some like organizations. Part of his office success story is that; in 2013, 10.5 million farmers was registered under the platform of Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES), 15 million was registered by 2014, 8 million farmers reached directly over mobile phone by 2013, thereby increasing livelihood of 40 million people. Over 30 bakeries in the country are now producing substitutes of cassava and wheat composite bread and that will save the country of 125 billion Naira every year from importation of wheat.

Cross section of IIITA Youth Agripreneurs.

He pointed out that 65% of Africa land will feed the nation if drastic measures are taken place. He also sited an example of how modern successful and ultimately wealthy  a farmer should be viewed, using U.S.A and European farmers as examples and that he wants the youth to grow in that mindset and direction.

Concluding his address, he proclaimed by saying ‘we want to create next generation of agribusiness farmers’ and that he has invested interest in IYA’s success and finalized by pledging a sum of money to IYA for IITA to link the IYA Youth to greater companies so as to build their capacity, and that he himself wants to be a focus media on the IYA.

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Blogpost by Johnbosco Ezemenaka, IYA member and a social media reporter for the #YADI14

4 thoughts on “The Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina Pledge to support IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA)”

  1. That is very good of him and the transformation agenda that our president laid. The youths will transform nigeria

  2. This is a great news for me. As the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumu Adesina pledged a support to IITA Youth Agripreneurs, it amazed me that somebody’s up to in supporting this youth in the aspect of agriculture. The idea that many youths want to engage in agriculture, it’s surely a great thing. God bless to all of these people!

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