Explore business opportunities in agric- Youths urged
By Kehinde Oluwatayo
Youths in Ondo State have been advised to explore the vast business opportunities in agriculture in the state to be self employed and become employers of labour.
The Programme Director of Green Shield Integrated Technologies Ltd (GSITech) in Akure, Mrs Olayinka Akinpelu gave the advice during the flag off ceremony of the 2019 internship programme for participants of Rehoboth Agricultural Programme (REAP) training.
Akinpelu who said the state has a lot of resources described the youths as key resources in agriculture and challenged them to think deep and see how they can maximize the potentials already existing in them.
According to her, the REAP project is a community of NCE and degree holder youths within the age range of 18 and 45years who would be trained on different agricultural projects for one year adding that Ondo state is the pilot.
The intensive training according to her, includes technical and enterprise training of two weeks after which they will move to the next phase of putting into practise what they learnt in a business fashion.
She said further that they will get credit inputs to start adding that the programme has relationships with large buyers and processesors who will off take what they produce.
“The idea is for them to do standard production, give us their efforts because we are not paying them for labour, that will be their equity contribution and by the time we are done with sales of every circle of production, the value of their input in time and effort will be given to them in the profit.
“The inauguration of REAP in Ondo state was borne by the realisation of the fact that our youths are hard working but only require direction and mentorship.
“We want to stir the already existing potentials in them and our target is about 50persons for this maiden edition may accommodate more people in 2020 when the next edition will be done”, she said.
Akinpelu said GSI Tech relies on internally generated revenue and will leverage on partnership to fund the project
She advised the trainees to put their minds and strength in what they do saying innovation comes from the mind.
One of the resource persons, Mr Omon Ogudo, an Enterprise Development Manager and owner of Bee Enterprise Ltd who took the participants through market intelligence advised them to know their buyers.
He advised them to imbibe the see, think, do, care strategy by consciously putting their products in the eye of the buyers always so that they will always think about it adding that buyers take action based on what they see and think about.
According to him, two things that trade in the market are cash and satisfaction urging them to always ensure they satisfy their customers so that they can come back.
Another resource person, Mr Oluwafemi Badejo, a leadership consultant, who spoke on mindshift stressed the need to redefine the status quo, rethink adding that there are certain things that are not done well.
According to him, once they are able to change their mind and attitude, there would be positive result
A fish farmer and owner of Faith Farms, Pastor Yinka Oluwasola advised them to form themselves into cooperatives, build their own capital and should not rely external fund saying anyone who relies on external fund does not have a business.
He congratulated them for the opportunity to be part of GSI Tech project adding that the integrity of the organization can not be doubted.
The training which began on Monday will last for one year when participants can stand on own their own and another set will be taken for the next edition.