200 youths, Agriculture enthusiasts, Agripreneurs, investors gathered at Techpoint Headquarters to participate in AgriTech Lab 2019, a programme organized to provide AgriTech skills and education for participants to plug into the employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the African Agribusiness Landscape.
Speaking at the event, the CEO/Founder of MyFarmbase Africa, Aliu Oluwafemi Royal, emphasised that people need to be aware of Agribusiness opportunities to take advantage of it. He said, “this event has been organized to democratize the opportunities in Agribusiness leveraging technology.”
Also, the CEO of Binkabi, Quan Le introduced participants to the applicability of blockchain to Agriculture leveraging their recently launched platform, in Partnership with Sterling Bank and AFEX to digitize domestic and cross border Commodity trading. He said, “blockchain technology not only simplifies commodity trading, it resolves the inefficiencies and complexities in the food supply chain.”
The Founder of Ope Farms, Mrs. Olusola Sowemimo, enthusiastically led the conversation of opportunities for youth in Agribusiness and she dived deep into her experiences in farming. She said, “youths can leverage the numerous opportunities in the Agriculture valuechain including content creation, processing, packaging, marketing etc” and this will help them reap the benefits in the ecosystem.”
Also, the CEO, BIC Concepts, Debo Onafowora took time to elucidate on Soilless Farming Technology. He decried the level of degradation of soil we now have and how there is so much water scarcity around the world. He said, “growing vegetables or tomatoes in a controlled medium will prevent the effect of climate change and essentially help to grow crops all round the season.
The panel session engaged the CTA of the Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Mosunmola Umoru; Opeyemi Agbato, Executive Director, Commercial Operations, Animal Care; Joshua Ajisope, CEO, Farmfunded; David Apenda, Digital Agric Officer, Sterling Bank where they led conversations around multi stakeholders approach to engaging youths in the Agriculture value chain. The panel extensively examined the engagement of your on Agriculture and the financing mechanism that powers Agribusiness in Africa.