Agbaso empowers Nigerian youths with agric business
To help reduce the harsh impact of COVID19 among Nigerian youths, Chief Martins Agbaso, a former Imo State Governorship candidate through his Agbaso Integrated Farms is embarking on a multi-level training and empowerment of young people in agriculture. This initiative will empower thousands of youths and engage them productively in Agriculture.
The Agbaso farms which has created about 600 direct jobs most especially for young people is located on 35 hectares of land in Emekuku a town within Owerri metropolis with a goal to harness and utilize Nigeria’s natural environment and workforce to create high quality affordable food.
Agbaso Integrated Farms is an advanced technology driven integrated farm, setting the pace in production of quality fish, livestock and crops to serve Nigeria’s growing demand for locally grown fish, pork, poultry and vegetables.
According to Chief Martins Agbaso MFR. “Nigeria as a country, with coordinated effort can close the food shortage gap by 50% in the next five years. This, will not only impact on the food sufficiency, but greatly offload the burden of food import on our foreign exchange requirement. It will create a much needed empowerment of young people and women through employment. It will in more ways than one improve on the security situation in our country by engaging restive youths in new interests. Finally, a well-managed farm provides greater return on investment than most other sectors of the economy as we move towards less dependency on oil and gas. Boosting the nation’s foreign exchange through commodities and agricultural export cannot be over emphasized.
The Agbaso Integrated farms is expanding in the area of multiple feed production, fish/poultry processing and packaging.
The local market created by Agbaso farms has moved beyond the south east, south south zones into the Lagos market and beyond.
This Initiative in integrated farming has a 1.5 million USD monthly export profile. Agbaso farm this year will produce about 36 – 40 million table size catfish and tilapia.
The management of Agbaso Integrated Farms has made heavy investment in building structures and a system that will sustain the vision of the farm, with over 2 kilometers of fish channels producing several tones of catfish and Tilapia at the farm. The fish farming section is designed to produced fingerlings, grow them into maturity and process them for export.
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