Agrihouse Foundation in its quest to make agriculture more attractive and whip up agribusiness interest among the youth has launched the University of Ghana chapter of Agric Students Business Club AG-STUD Business Club at the College of Agriculture of the University.
The creation of the Business Club which is expected to be established in five other agricultural institutions and later replicated across other institutions seeks to educate and empower students to explore the many business opportunities in the agricultural value chain.
Each club, constituted by fifteen members, will be provided with a seed funding and some farm materials to start their own farms or preferred Agribusiness and operate them as an enterprise with members holding key positions such as General Manager, Accountant, Sales and Marketing Manager among others. It also seeks to boost students’ participation in agriculture by providing jobs for the youth as students and graduates. The clubs are expected to present their final business pitch in a bootcamp scheduled for February 2020 to a panel of judges, who will select the winner for an award.
In her presentation , Team lead for Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akorsa said the establishment of the club will help address the core challenge of youth unemployment by providing the youth with the necessary support to establish their own agribusinesses and also create jobs.
She added that the groups will be trained through intensive capacity building and empowerment programs by industry experts. This according to her will expose students to the dynamics in the agricultural industry whilst helping them to identify the available career opportunities along the agribusiness sector.
She pledged Agrihouse Foundation’s readiness in supporting the youth with the necessary incentives, materials and the expertise required to explore the full potential.
The Assistant Registrar of the College of Agriculture at the University of Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Yeboah, lauded the creation of the club saying the project will help prepare students for the future “this will help you practicalise what you have been taught in the classrooms; it will help to adequately prepare you for the future and challenge you to come up with innovations that will help boost Ghana’s agricultural sector. He stated that the College of Agriculture will play its supervisory roles in ensuring that the resources allocated for the project are properly used for its intended purpose.
President of the University of Ghana Ag-Stud Business Club Mr. Obed Asamaoah expressed gratitude to the organisers of the program for the initiative. He said his group will make the most out of the resources committed to their trust for the project. Mr. Asamoah called on other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to follow the good examples of Agrihouse Foundation in making the sector attractive. He challenged the youth to take advantage of the numerous job opportunities in the agribusiness value chain.
The University of Ghana Business Club will embark on the production of cabbage and lettuce as their choice of project to be pitched in February 2020.
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