Mr David Ojo, a crop scientist with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), says lack of sufficient awareness, has hindered agripreneurship development in the country.
Ojo made the assertion during a symposium organised by the College of Agricultural Sciences, Landmark University, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The Town-Gown Symposium had the theme: “Agricultural Revolution Impact: Roadmaps and Prospect”.
The programme, which attracted individual farmers, forums, groups and college students, was held at the Institution’s International Conference Centre.
Ojo said most farmers are not well-informed of the benefits of self-employment and job creation in agricultural practices.
He said such development was hampering the government’s efforts geared towards diversifying the nation’s economy through agripreneurship.
“Potential farmers do not have the consciousness that services can be provide to improve their farming status.
“As African farming is subsistent in nature, most farmers cannot venture into investments that require large initial capital base.
“This is also compounded with inadequate food production technologies and connectivity to the market,” Ojo, a Soybean scientist said.
He advocated building of the entrepreneurship skills of the youths in agribusiness for inclusive growth and development in agricultural sector.
“This is necessary since agriculture has the potential to create jobs and wealth for the youths,” he said.
In his remarks, the Institution’s Farm Manager, Mr John Izebere, said its agrarian farming was poised with the vision to improve the standard of living of its host communities.
This, he said, would be achieved through provision of quality, hygienic and affordable staple and processed foods.
On her part, Prof. Charity Aremu, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, enumerated the institution’s achievement in the area of rice production through the adaptation of new technologies and innovations.
Earlier, Prof. Adeniyi Olayanju, Vice-Chancellor, Landmark University, in his welcome address reiterated the institution’s commitment towards fostering mutual benefit relationship among agriculture stakeholders.
“We are committed to raising job-ready graduates, great agripreneurs, master thinkers and army of reformers with a wide array of skills characteristic of the most adaptable workforce the world requires for global transformation,” he said