The CEO of Elvoncitas Agro and Allied Services, Nnebedum Obinna Elvis, has asked youths to participate actively in agric. business to reduce unemployment in the country.
In a chat with Gist Agrica Correspondent in Owerri, Nnebedum, disclosed how he ventured into agric. business by opening a feeds mill company, noting that the business has been expanded into poultry and piggery sections. He opined that agric. business is capital intensive and needs passion to drive it, he therefore urged government to support youths to participate in the business to reduce unemployment in the country.
The first class graduate of crop science reiterated the need for government to create awareness that will encourage youths to venture into agriculture thereby opening windows for them to train in agricultural skills and to source fund for the business.
He lamented the lack of funds to improve on new varieties; adding that most farmers do not have access to funding and that they do not know how to write proposals to source out loan from available financial institutions.
Nnebudum called on government to employ more agric. extension workers who will teach farmers the new variety of crops, maize and other agric. products and educate them about government’s agricultural policies.
He said that non provision of fertilizers and other agric. materials discourages farmers from participating fully in agriculture.
Nnebedum described piggery as another agric. sector that will boost the economy, and create jobs for the teeming youths. He submitted that demand and consumption is increasing on daily basis just as the infant mortality rate is high. He noted that one can start the business with just 2 pigs which will increase to about 600 pigs within six months.
On poultry business, Nnebedum stated that it is a business someone has to do with passion and patience, adding that though it is capital intensive; the risks are less and would increase the internally generated revenue of any state.
Nnebedum commended the Imo State government for organizing a programme that trained about three thousands youths on different skills and on how to write proposal and to source out funds to startup a business of their own.