The Enugu State Agribusiness Hub has held the September edition of its monthly Master Class Training Series for Agribusiness Strategic Development.
The Master Class began in August, shortly after the Covid-19 lockdown, and is largely designed to assist Enugu youths and investors find their feet in profitable agribusiness opportunities.
According to to a statement from the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, “Agribusiness puts food on tables of billions of people globally. It contributes a great percentage to the GDP of most nations on earth.
“Our mission is to organize this sector and make it attractive to the active youthful population of our nation such that a great number of entrepreneurs are born from the Agribusiness space”.
The programme which was held on Monday, 7th September 2020, at the old Sunrise Flour Mill, Emene Enugu, was attended by youth farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs.
Speaking to journalists, the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Agriculture, Engineer Michael Ogbuekwe described the programme as ‘Agribusiness, which involves the production of agricultural products, processing it, and packaging, and marketing’.
His words “The country as a whole is diversifying and moving into agriculture. The urban youths wonder why they should go back to the village to farm. Our job here is to show them the simple process of processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural products. Enugu State Government under the able leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has set up this programme to sensitize the youths and mentor them to come into the agricultural sector.
“We have a target of 1000 people, and as it is now, every batch won’t exceed 50 people because of the COVID-19. But after this period when the rules are relaxed, we can increase it to 100 people per programme.
“It’s not just theory, but will involve hands-on practicals. They get to see for instance, the practical processing of rice, destoning, polishing, packaging. We are also teaching them that the can start from a humble beginning. You have garri around you already.
“You can start by packaging the garri. Same goes for rice. You can package just a kilogram, some families might just decide they want to buy for a Sunday. This way, students and youths will begin to see how they can make money for themselves”, he explained.
Also speaking, Mr Emeka Hyginus elaborated on simple ways of packaging farm produce.
Others who spoke at the event include Mr Sampson Nweke and Reverend Chinedu Nwoye.
Highlight of the programme was the practical session, where Mr Ejike Nnaji conducted the guests around the facility, explaining the diverse steps taken by farmers to process and package rice for the market.
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