Post-COVID-19: Feed miller urges youths to embrace agribusiness for sustainability to embrace agribusiness for sustainability



An agro-business investor, Mr Kola Dawudu, on Thursday, charged Nigerian youths to explore opportunities in the nation’s agro-business sector for self-sustenance, rather than wait for paid employment.

Dawudu, who is a fish meal producer and owner of Fantain Mill, Lagos, spoke as a resource person at a workshop organised by the Ojo Youths Vanguard, Ojo, on Thursday in Lagos.

The programme, aimed at introducing people to produce processing ventures, had its theme as “Exposure to Rewards”.

Dawudu told the participants, who are graduate youths, that there was a high prospect in agro-business.

“It has become pertinent for today’s youths to embrace the untapped business opportunities in the sector,’’ he said.

In his presentation on fish meal production and marketing, Dawudu said “the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on existing businesses has further shrunken employment spaces in the economy.

“The surge in fish farms in the recent past has exposed the inadequate supply of fish meal in the country.

“This trend has further challenged investors to improve their output to meetup.

“As younger persons, nothing stops you from coming out with an improved formula that can surpass existing ones and close the gap in supply.

“Materials for fish meal concentrates are readily available and, with little capital, one can begin it and grow from there.’’

The miller, who demonstrated different meal formula, their milling processes and equipment, said that he began business with N70,000 in 2013  at the Ijanikin in the council area.

He added that his fish meal business “is now worth N7 million’’.

Mr Cyril Abiodun, leader of the Youth Vanguard, advised participants to begin with little capital to learn the trade, before applying for available agribusiness finance facilities.

Abiodun explained that the programme was in three phases, adding that the second and third phases have been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and Monday, Aug.10.

At the end of the training, he said participants would be qualified to access agriculture grants.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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