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PSAG’s masterclass 2.0 to spotlight best agro practices 

By Gbenga Akinfenwa and Oluwatunmise Yusuf 
23 September 2022   |   3:55 am
Still basking in the euphoria of impacts recorded through its first edition, the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) Nigeria, Cluster 5 is set to spotlight the best practices and key business strategies for maximum results in Agriculture at the Business of Agriculture Masterclass 2.0 tagged #AgricInPractice.

Still basking in the euphoria of impacts recorded through its first edition, the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) Nigeria, Cluster 5 is set to spotlight the best practices and key business strategies for maximum results in Agriculture at the Business of Agriculture Masterclass 2.0 tagged #AgricInPractice.
 
The second edition of the Cluster 5 virtual masterclass, scheduled to hold from September 27 to 29, 2022 with training sessions across eight value chains, will be led by over 20 Agric experts who will proffer solutions to the challenges Agripreneurs are likely to face in their businesses. 
 
The PSAG was created by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to drive private sector participation towards the attainment of the SDGs. 
 


The organisation exists to foster policy dialogue, applied research, private sector engagement, and strategic interventions at the policy, project, community and entrepreneur levels.
 
According to the organisers, through the masterclass, PSAG aims to reach the Agric practitioners, offer them a platform to ask critical questions concerning their Agribusinesses, and have experts give practical answers to the questions. 
 
The programme also promised to spotlight challenges young Nigerian Agric practitioners are likely to face.
 
With almost 40 million Nigerians between the ages of 15 and 24, the country boasts of one of the largest youth populations in the world.
 
Sadly, the majority of the youth entertain misconceptions that agriculture is limited to farming or is generally non-profitable.
 
A 2021 report by Jobberman indicates that Nigeria’s Agriculture sector employs over 23 million Nigerians. However, 72 per cent of this number are smallholder farmers.
   
PSAG is structured around 11 different clusters, mapped for the cross implementation and reporting of companies’ activities around the 17 SDGs under suggested standards.
 
The main purpose of each cluster is to own, lead and drive dialogue and implementation efforts with respective cluster members that fall within the same group criteria by goals within the private sector and corporate foundations in Nigeria.

Cluster 5 is focused on enabling Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) of the SDGs with a sector focus on Agri-Business & Manufacturing, which informed the start of the Business of Agriculture Masterclass last year.