Enormous business opportunities abound in the horticulture area of the Agriculture value chain in Nigeria, enough to generate income and employment for several youths. However, most of these opportunities are not fully tapped. Hence, the widespread of youth unemployment and underemployment.
Against this background, Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises – a duly registered Agricultural company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria with registration number: BN 2315112 and champion for Agribusiness among Youths designed the first ever human-centered Agribusiness Master Class on Cucumber Farming for Youths and everyone interested in Agriculture(whether they have ever been to a farm or not) to create on-farm and off-farm employment opportunities presenting a viable and formidable option to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
As have been severally said, Cucumber is just one crop that in recent times is having a great demand than supply in the market today and anywhere you grow cucumber you will have a ready market for it, so market is not the problem. The challenge lies in successfully producing cucumber profitably.
Hence this training is designed to assist several people from all walks of life, exposing them to the steps required in making profit as well as opportunities in the horticultural value chain in Nigeria.
At the end of the Master Class, participants should be able to:
- Successfully Setup a Profitable Cucumber Farm.
- Identify and tap into the various opportunities in the Horticulture value chain.
- Effectively manage the challenges facing cucumber farming in any part of Nigeria.
Master Class Course Content:
- Soil Testing and Management.
- Assessment of Cucumber Farming viability and feasibility.
- Sourcing and managing investment funds(Why you need a Bankable Business plan)
- Branding, Packaging and Value Addition of Cucumbers.
- Practical Guide to Setting up and Managing a Small Scale Cucumber Farm Profitably.
- Post Harvest Management of Cucumber.
- Why you have to fail to succeed (My Story).
The training is designed in a human-centered model which will effectively benefit all in attendance hence we will have not more than 20 participants in this inaugural class. The 20 participants will further be divided into 2 streams of 3 hours each, morning (9am – 12pm) and (1pm to 4pm) evening class, 10 participants per stream.
After four weeks of training participants will be given a memory stick containing training materials, videos, texts and pictures of activities during the training.
Training is conducted in a Master Class Style, Students Practice what the Master instructs them and there is a home work every week to be done at home while reports in form of pictures and text and sent within the stipulated time frame. The participants are given training materials which will guide them during the practical class and in effectively doing the home works.
Agritechnovate Teaching and Research farm,
Iganke Epale town,
Along Ikorodu-Epe Express Way,
4 Saturdays( 3rd, 10th , 24th and 31st October, 2015).
Training Fee(NGN 25,000):
Registration and Evaluation Fee: NGN 5,000
Master Class Fee: NGN 20,000
Participants should have an interest in farming and Agriculture and should have a small space(as small as 2m x 10m) near their homes to practice during the period of the Master Class.
About the Master Trainer:
The Master Trainer is an International Agribusiness consultant, consulting for top-notch Agribusiness organisations across the world from Ergo Research in the USA to the Association of African Business Schools Agribusiness Consortium, South Africa – Kalu also has extensive experience in growing Cucumber having grown in various conditions in different locations in the past 9 months. Having failed severally, he knows what it takes to succeed…perseverance and doing it rightly from the beginning.
Kalu is a graduate of the foremost Business Certification in the prestigious University of Maryland, USA where he bagged a Certificate in Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business – a course he completed in July, 2015. As a Graduate of Soil Science from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, getting his hand dirty has turned from a hubby to a profitable business and he intends to train as many people as possible, exposing them to the untapped potential in the Agri-food sector.
Application is on first come first serve basis, once we meet our quota, we will move the rest to the next class.
After Applying, Make Payment on or before Friday 25th September 2015 to this account:
Bank: Skye Bank
Account Name: Agritechnovate Solutions Enterprises
Account Number: 4110027406
After payment, send an email to samuel.kalu(at)agritechnovate.com in this format:
“Until we practice Agriculture as a business venture, a profitable one at that…we wIll always have poor farmers” – Kalu Samuel