IYA under N2Africa-to-Borno project on September 16, 2015 concluded a training workshop for 20 young men and women from southern part of Borno State on entrepreneurship skill development and sustainable agronomic practices.
The workshop themed “Agribusiness – Key to Productive Youth Engagement”, which started on September 7, 2015 at IITA, Kano Station featured resource persons from 2 international institutes; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), IITA Youth Agripreneurs and Federal government agencies; Bank of Industry (BOI), and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
The workshop started with a welcome address/presentation by Dr Emmanuel Sangodele, N2Africa Country Representative who described the goal and objectives of N2Africa in Nigeria and Borno State, and encouraged the trainee participants to show affinity to new skills and knowledge that will enhance their self-dependence in agriculture.
Different sessions during the workshop which included; Post harvest mechanization; ICT in Agribusiness; Agribusiness Marketing; Safe and Effective use of Pesticides; Introduction to Entrepreneurship; Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprise; Cowpea, Groundnut and Soybean Production; and Farming Systems enabled the trainees identify various value chains of interest and to set up business enterprises around them.
At the end, the trainee participants were lectured on how to write a bankable business plan for their respective agribusiness enterprises.
According to the trainee participants, the workshop has not only changed the outlook of agriculture for them but has also exposed them to the opportunities inherent in agriculture especially along the value chains of various crops and fishery.
The trainees speak:
Jummai Sikta: I like the fact that agriculture has a lot of value chains. Before now, I never wanted to do agriculture because I didn’t like going to the farm, but now I can still be involved, all I need is to be an actor different from the producer along a value chain.
Danjuma Mallim: I have learned the appropriate ways of applying herbicides. I have learned the best practices to put in place especially for groundnut, soybean and cowpea.
Dorathy Balami: I like the experience of the IITA Agripreneurs and how they have imparted knowledge especially when it comes to marketing products using the 4 Ps (Product, Promotion, Price and Place) in Marketing.
Samson Jibir Wakawa: I now know the basic steps to follow when establishing an agribusiness enterprise. As an entrepreneur, idea and money are not just the things you need, planning is very important to succeed as a business owner.
At the end of the workshop, the trainee participants expressed gratitude to N2Africa for the great privilege to participate in the program and promised to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the training.