THE agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy, like any other sector, cannot be developed and sustained in the absence of other critical skills such as business, policy and research.
This was the summation of speakers at this yearâ€™s Harambe Nigeria symposium on youth and development, titled: â€œPlanning the seeds of tomorrow,â€ held in Lagos, weekend.
According to Tola Sunmonu, president, Harambe Nigeria, â€œthe conference is an intellectual gathering of representatives from the agricultural sector spanning the private and public sector, non-governmental organisations, academia, as well as students.
ItÂ has brought to light the numerous and vast opportunities available for youth in this often over-looked sector of the Nigeriaâ€™s economy stressed the importance of youth being agents of changes, particularly in the agricultural section.â€
Explaining the idea behind Harambe Nigeria, she said: â€œThe lack of diversity in the Nigerian economy is a major hindrance to our nationâ€™s growth and there is an obscene lack of employment opportunities for the majority of Nigerian youth.Â We were challenged to develop entrepreneurial solutions to the problems facing our country. That was where our mission to revolutionise the Nigerian agricultural sector beganâ€.
TwoÂ years ago, Harambe Nigera had inaugurated the Harambe Incubator for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (HISARD) at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OA|U), Ile-Ife with the intention to channel this variety skills into the agricultural sector with 10 students who are expected to graduate from the programme as agro-entrepreneurs. The HISARD is a two-year scholarship programme for university students in the agriculture department.