Expert urges youth on exploring Agric opportunities
An expert and the Country Manager of Harvestplus, Dr Paul Ilona has urged youth to explore opportunities in biofortified crops so they can leverage on the Federal Government’s home-grown school feeding programme.
Ilona said this in a statement issued by the organisation’s Communication Officer, Mr Ikechukwu Onyewuchi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.
It stated that Ilona made the call in Akwa-Ibom at the pro-vitamin A cassava pastry training programme for women sponsored by DFID, Market Development for Niger Delta (MADE) and Harvestplus.
Bio-fortified crops such as vitamin A cassava and vitamin A maize have been integrated into the programme to produce highly nutritious staples, it said.
The statement said it was unfortunate that the average child mortality in Nigeria was 2, 300 everyday while 145 women die at child birth.
“Without training, one will follow the bandwagon of failures, DFID, MADE do not want that, hence the investment in this training. Youth must be innovative and work hard to be successful,” it said.
According to the organisation, if youth leverage on the schoolfeeding programme, they would become pioneers as a new market would be open to them.
It stated that youths in Oyo State had invested in confectionaries and on the average make net return of N15 per sachet. The model, it added, ensures business and economically viability.
The Gender Officer of MADE, Mrs Unyime Johnson quoted in the statement said “The improved cassava variety has contributed immensely in uplifting households and providing a means of livelihood to many.”
The 2016 Edition of the Award in Africa is scheduled to hold Today in Abuja, Nigeria.
The event which will take place at International Conference Center will be hosted by Nigeria Veteran Actor Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), TV Presenter, Peace Hyde, Radio Presenter Andre Blaze and Central African Actress Solange Yinka.
The theme for the 2016 award is ”Securing a stable Energy for Africa.”
Last year’s award which was held in South Africa saw winners in the Young Achiever of the year, Fastest Growing Entrepreneur in Africa, Business Innovation, Tourism Personality of the Year, Women/Leadership Empowerment In Africa amongst other category.
According to the organizers, the focus is to recognize, celebrate and motivate all African leaders including the future leaders through recognizing the persons and organizations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa.
A Malawi media, Nyasa Times reports that Malawi’s president will also be honoured at the event. It reads “Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika will this week receive an accolade of honour at the 2016 African Achievers Awards for the ‘visionary leadership’ which is laying good ground for the country’s next generations through sustainable development.”
Winners of the previous edition