The third edition of the Agricultural Students Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue (AG-STUD) has been launched in Accra. The program which was initiated by Agrihouse Foundation in 2018 is designed to nurture Agricultural students, beginner agribusinesses and start-up’s expertise in the entire agricultural value chain, while exposing them to the dynamics of the market through education and leadership programs essential for achieving success in Agriculture and Agribusiness.
The Executive Director of Agrihouse Foundation, Alberta Nana Akyaa Akosa in her address said though AG-STUD is only two years old, its growth and successes so far are indications of steadily achieving the ultimate goal of ushering the youth into Agriculture as their major career choices. ‘’since its inception, we have seen this program grow in content and acceptance, which takes us closer to our main goal of making career in Agriculture acceptable to the youth in Ghana and Africa’’ she said.
She revealed that plans are underway to extend the program to the rest of Africa. ‘’The good news is that we are not only stopping in Ghana, we are taking AG-STUD successes to the entire African continent. Consequently 2021 will be Africa-focused,’ she emphasised.
The Vice Consular at the Consulate of Serbia in Accra, Charles Cobina Annan, stated that the Serbian Government is collaborating with agricultural institutions to promote infrastructural development in the sector. Mr Annan said Serbia is ready to share its rich agricultural knowledge and experience with stakeholders the Ghanaian Agricultural sector.
The Government of Serbia in this year’s edition of the program will award successful participants scholarship to study agriculture and related disciplines in Serbia.
For his part, the Irrigation-Manager for Interplast Haidar Malhas said the program provides a perfect opportunity for students to put into practice the theory learnt in the classroom.
The 2020 Ag-Stud Bootcamp themed ‘’Growing Futures: Establishing the Agri Youth’’ is scheduled for March 10th to 13th 2020 with participating students from the University of Ghana, University for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kwadaso Agricultural College, Northern Agri-Youth Hub, Asuansi Farm Institute and Damango Agricultural College.
The students under a coach, mentor and a trainer would be allowed to select an aspect of agribusiness, develop their business plan and do a presentation before a panel of Judges at the bootcamp.
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