Mentors and Coaches express confidence as AG-STUD 2020 kicks off this week
Accra, March 10, 2020: The intense preparation for the 2020 edition of the Agric Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue (AG-STUD) which started in the last quarter of 2019 is climaxing this week with the main event taking place at the Coconut Grove Hotel beginning from Tuesday, 10th to Friday 13th March, 2020.
The 2020 edition of the 3-year old youth-targeted agribusiness bootcamp will camp 40 students, representing nine AG-STUD Business Clubs from schools across Ghana. In addition to this number, it is estimated that over 700 students will be attending the daily sessions of the event.
As the event is designed to coach the students through hands-on experience and mentoring, experts with relevant expertise and practical experience have been selected to form the team that will take the students through the four days thorough coaching and mentorship.
These coaches and mentors are: Mr. Raymond Dentey, Head Coach; Mrs. Catherine Fabbi-Head Mentor; Mr. Kenneth Nii Addy-Head Trainer; Mr. Asiorme Biekoro, Marketing and Branding Advisor. They have all expressed confidence in a successful turn-out of this year’s event.
The Marketing and Communication Specialist of the Ghana Poultry Project, and also the AG-STUD Head Coach, Mr. Raymond Dentey, believes now is the time to court and nurture the interests of young people at the early stages of their lives; “Indeed, this period of their lives represent the most important phase where we can infuse the love for agribusiness innovation into their minds. This way, we can effectively groom them to become job creators who will not come out of school to swell the unemployed-graduate numbers.”
For her part, Mrs. Catherine Fabbi who is the Business Development Manager for Interplast, as well as the Head Mentor for AG-STUD agrees there are potentials in agriculture to be fully harnessed. She however stated “currently, we are not where we are supposed to be. So, there is a lot to be done, and I believe this event is a very good one to help the youth to be empowered to grow their businesses.”
CEO of Kaddy Ventures and Head Trainer of the program, Mr. Kenneth Nii Addy noted that the event should be appreciated as one, very important to the development of the country. He observed that in an era where the youth seems to be shying away from agriculture, the best way to attract them is the introduction of initiatives such as this.
Communication Specialist at Ghana Poultry Project, and a coach at the AG-STUD program, Mr. Asiwome Biekoro said the youth are the future of Ghana and that there is a need for their active re-orientation to take up sustainable agricultural production.
The 2018-2019 edition of the event created jobs for students and youth. As a result of the previous editions of the programme, there are now over 6 successful businesses being run by students who participated in the AG-STUD program; Mush Farms being one of them. Mush Farms is developed and owned by the winners of the 2019 edition of AG-STUD Business Pitch Challenge and they are students of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Partners and Sponsors for this year’s edition include the Serbian Embassy, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), OCP, Rockland Farms, Labianca, New Okaff, Addfra, Sonal global and Naanam Ventures
Agricinghana Media is a Media Partner.
For any information, contact Agrihouse Foundation, the organisers of AG-STUD at: email@example.com | Phone: 0244 623 012