By Jimoh Babatunde
WINNERS of the Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA) 2017 essay competition with the theme, “Building a Crop of Young Agropreneurs,”in secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the country have received their cash award.
During the 2017 NAA awards presentation ceremony in Lagos, cash awards were presented to three groups that emerged winners in the tertiary category as well as to two students from different schools, who emerged winners in the secondary school category.
Speaking at the ceremony, the chief executive officer of AgroNigeria, Richard-Mark Mbaram, said that NAA saw the need to bring the youths on board because it realised that they were the missing developmental keys to the chain that is called the value chain in agriculture.
He said: “When you have the bulk of farmers and players in the agricultural space around the age of 60 and they are on their way out, then you have got a challenge on your hand. Yet you have to feed more people and you realise you have to do something very desperate and here we are desensitising them from joining the agricultural space. We, therefore, decided that we needed to bring in a component that has to do with youths.
“We said we would have two categories, which is tertiary category and secondary category.”