On the 22nd may, the faculty of agriculture Obafemi Awolowo university, warmly received Corporate Farmers international’s Agriconnect. This is an initiative they have been taking around tertiary institutions in Nigeria like Federal University of Akure (FUTA), Benson Idahosa University (BIU), University of Nigeria (UNN) and they decided to bring the initiative to Africas most beautiful campus Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) The aim was of this was to connect stakeholder in agriculture with students who have a passion to fill gaps in the value chain and are willing to solve problems. The event took place at Ajose Lecture theatre, Faculty of Agriculture. It had more than 600 students in the faculty and other faculties in attendance. Companies like Lagos commodities and futures exchange, Afrinvest were in attendance to inform students about what they do and it is related to the field of Agriculture.
Several presentations were made which includes the OAU Integrated farms about the initiation of its initiative to give students the opportunity to intern on their 200 hectares of land, own their own parcel of land and learn the basics of agricbusiness. The initiative is to cover students under the age limit of 27 years and this training would cover crop production and animal husbandry which after the training, the student would be apportioned at least two hectares to cultivate and also practice animal husbandry.
After which Afrinvest came up to give us a sneek peek into their investment plan for students to start building a future for themselves even whilst still a student. They exposed the students to various investment plans which that could start out with even as student and secure their financial future. Then there was a pitching session for student agrorpreneurs who had ideas that could revolutionize the Nigerian Agricultural sector. They were; Pinewood farms, and Vanguard Ag and MoU farms They all pitched excellently, as MoU farms had already gone ahead to start out their farm in Ile-Ife. They all bagged the opportunities to pitch to potential investors who they hope would buy into the idea of these agropreneurs.
Following the pitch was the panelist session that had the crème de le crème in their field They were: Miss Bidemi Ogedengbe of Farmtrybe, Mr. Samuel Omisakin of MoU, Mr. Ajayi Ayobami of USEMFAN, Nkechi Obi of Lagos Commodities and Future Exchange and Titilayo Ola from Afrinvest . The panel session was moderated by the co-founder of CFIL. Akin Alabi .The topic of discourse was “Active youth participation in Agriculture across the value chain”. Here youth participation in the agricultural sector(which is still on the low) was discussed and insights on how to ensure active youth participation in the Ag sector. Akin Alabi the Co-founder, Corporate Farmers International Limited,(CFIL) ended the event with a word of advice Alabi which was “Ensure that you create a brand for yourself.”