Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda

moderated by Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

To meet the food demand for the growing population will require moving from subsistence agriculture to technology-driven agriculture and to achieve this goal, the society needs skilled young people. However, youth participation in agribusiness is mainly constrained by limited knowledge on agribusiness skills, lack of start-up capital, lack of information on agribusiness opportunities, limited access to land and limited agri-entrepreneurship spirit. 

Therefore AgriProFocus Rwanda will continue its activities in stimulating youth to become successful agri-entrepreneurs through linking, learning and leadership activities. Young agripreneurs just need to be inspired on how they can turn their parents profession into an innovative, attractive and profitable business using modern technology and knowledge. With AgriProFocus Rwanda, this programme will focus on stimulating youth to become ‘a new generation farmer’ in the value chains like potato, beekeeping and pineapple.

Activities in 2018

Linking

  • Develop a fact sheet on the 3 value chains; area, stakeholders, current state of affairs of production and current involvement of youth in the value chains, opportunities for improvement of production and processing, market opportunities in each country.

  • Develop a fact sheet on international stakeholders within and around the AgriProFocus global network who are involved in the value chains potato, beekeeping and pineapple.

  • Inspirational meeting with youth; exchange and learning from experts and already successful youth in the sector.

  • Through Youth in Agribusiness Festival,  youth will be linked up to information and contacts.

Learning

  • Organize youth festivals, as to facilitate learning between young agripreneurs; exposure of those who have become successful and discuss on the challenges faced particularly by youth in the sector.

  • Organize business competition for youth in potato, beekeeping and pineapple value chain.

  • Provide the youth with a specific dedicated page on the AgriProFocus platform.

Leadership

  • Work with financial institutions and investors to create specific opportunities for access to finance for youth.

  • Liaise with RYAF and other interested stakeholders to discuss about challenges faced by youth in agribusiness.

Key partners:

Rural Development Initiative (RDI)

Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF)

YPARD Rwanda (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development)

YEAN (Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network)

M-AHWII




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Posted yesterday at 10:58

Meet Shaffy Hagenimana, A Young Rwandan building a honey product enterprise!

(Source: The Inspirer)

Shaffy Hagenimana, the CEO and Founder of Holly Trust Limited that produces honey-based Kaso Products in Musanze District explains his business journey that has led to a very success story in honey processing into beauty and body nourishing and moisturising oil.

His firm produces various products and the idea has a root in his childhood when he was in senior four of secondary school.

The main products of his firm include Kaso Castor Oil, Kaso Shea Butter, Kaso Coconut Oil, Kaso Avocado Oil, Kaso Pumpkin Oil, Kaso Cream, Kaso Jelly, Pollen Jelly, White Honey, Black Honey and Beeswax.

Learning from his own illness experience, that experience pushed him to invest part of his school living allowance to start a bee keeping project as a source of having honey to produce medicine.

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Posted 30 November 2018 at 09:44

Youth in Agribusiness Caravan 2018 ends on a high note!

The first ever agricultural caravan ended yesterday on a high note, participants calling for everyone’s renewed efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.

In her closing remarks, AgriProFocus Rwanda country coordinator, Madam Sajji Ryakunze commended the resolutions that the up to 150 youth participating at the caravan made following the field visits at successful farmers’ farms.

“There’s no doubt this was a good platform to plot the way forward for the Rwanda young farmers. You all witnessed the good strides others are making in the agriculture besides learning the challenges facing small-scale farmers and ways in which these can be overcome,” Ms. Ryakunze said.

YNKURIJE Dorcas, Help a Child Rwanda beneficiary is a farmer from the Rusizi district and was one of the farmers who attended the youth caravan. After visiting the Sunripe farms Rwanda in Bugesera district, she wanted

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Posted 29 November 2018 at 08:55

DAY2 - Youth Caravan: Labor minister thrilled with ‘Youth in agribusiness’ market outlets as our caravan takes us to upcountry

Kigali – November 28, 2018: Our initiated and first ever agricultural caravan in Rwanda was launched in Kigali with a call on youth to work hard to transform their initiatives into viable agribusinesses as a key to achieve Rwanda’s sustainable development.

RYAF Youth shops

The call was made by the minister for public service and labor, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, before the youth caravan kicked off in Kigali, while officiating the opening of RYAF SHOPS ltd, a private company owned by the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum RYAF.

This company was created to put into action a strategy that promotes a reform in food and agricultural trading mechanisms in Rwanda, by and for RYAF members as engine for positive agribusiness transformation.

Ms Rwanyindo was thrilled by the initiative and assured the youth that the government is committed to support all mechanisms

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Posted 28 November 2018 at 08:11

DAY 1-2018 Youth Caravan to provide agricultural guidance and linkages to market

Kigali – November 27, 2018: In collaboration with our partners Rwanda Youth In Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), the ministry of agriculture and animal resources MINAGRI, HortINVEST, Help a Child Rwanda, ICCO Cooperation, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, Rural Development Initiative and YEAN Rwanda we have launched today the agricultural caravan of the first ever “Youth in Agribusiness Caravan” in Rwanda.

Theme of this edition is “Youth Making Agribusiness “Cool”, a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”. Our goal is to establish and build the communication between agricultural agribusinesses and the youth in general and the agripreneurs in particular to closely learn about the untapped opportunities existing in the agriculture landscape in Rwanda.

Launch in Kigali

“The caravan aims at establishing linkages between successful farmers and agribusiness people and the youth innovators motivated about agribusin

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really cool to read this summary of day 1, looking forward to hear more of day 2 and 3! Keep us updated :)

1 month 2 weeks ago

Egide SINAYOBYE Hello everyone, am Egide SINAYOBYE,  upcoming students in university of rwanda focusing on the development of rural areas. i would like to ask for an advise if there is any support or i can call it partnership just cause i need to do research on livelihood of people areas especially in rusizi district in the domain of agriculture sector. ThanksContact: +250788592126Email: sinaegide@gmail.com  

1 month 2 weeks ago

Bosco KWIZERA Thank you Egide, I will call you for any possible advise!

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Posted 12 November 2018 at 03:01

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN IN RWANDA

The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).

The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.

AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex

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Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:39

Meet Remy Rutayisire: A university student on a mission to build a livestock business empire

Jean Remy Rutayisire is quite different from most youths. Unlike the majority of young men and women who find agriculture unattractive, Rutayisire says that this is an industry that has fascinated him since his childhood.

Desperate to raise money to start up an agricultural project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Muhanga based Urugwiro Poultry Farm Ltd took up a part-time job in photography in 2015. Since he was a high school student by then, he was only able to work during holidays, earning a daily wage of Rwf2,000.

He used some for his pocket money at school and saved the rest. By December last year, he had saved up to Rwf200,000—inadequate to see him venture into a significant farming project.

He was looking for Rwf2 million. However, efforts to mobilise capital from friends and relatives were unsuccessful. With his meagre savings, he decided to start a small poultry farm. o his

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Aime Hagabimana it is a great achievement project as youth!!!! big it up...

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Posted 17 October 2018 at 07:21

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS WITH FOCUS ON FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY

Are you a young entrepreneur in agribusiness aged between 16 and 35? Do you face challenges in the following aspects:

1. Quality and safety of the products

2. Meeting the market required standards

3. Processing technology

4. Packaging

The ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources through the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in partnership with Ministry of Commerce of People's Republic of China in Rwanda sent two RYAF members attend the training on biotechnology application in food industry in developing countries. After the completion of the training members will conduct a door to door consultancy to young agro-processors to help them improve on above mentioned aspects.

Fill the form HERE

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Posted 22 August 2018 at 01:07

A regional conference on youth employment in agriculture

A solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa

A Regional Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference took place from the 20th to 21st at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 500 key stakeholders and young agripreneurs mainly from Africa, to foster an exchange among stakeholders (policy makers, development partners, the private sector, youth and women organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia) on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.

Read more insights shared during the conference HERE

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Posted 20 July 2018 at 03:06

Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works.

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

Find more details here


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Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:39

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators.

The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil moisture, nutrient needs and water needed to foster crop growth.

It is in line with a project of Precise Agriculture (PA), a modern farming management model using digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes that the innovators, members of the Kicukiro District-based STES Group, a company which was founded by technical innovators and researchers, have undertaken. Read more

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Posted 7 July 2018 at 09:30

Meet Emmanuela, a young lady who builds a business from herbal plants!!

Emmanuella Yvonne Iradukunda, 19, saw opportunity in the flower and jumped on it.

The flower, known as Hibiscus is popular in Rwanda for its beauty when planted in gardens or used as decorations in homes

But for Iradukunda, it has a lot more use. It first restored her mother’s health and now it is a source of revenue.

“My mother suffered a lot from joint pains that sometimes she was not able to do basic household chores or take a walk,” Emmanuella added. Read more


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Posted 8 May 2018 at 01:34

Community outreach is one of the responsibilities of the University of Rwanda. From 2-4 May, the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) trained 20 potato farmers from across the country on Good Agricultural Practices.

The training aims at enabling big potato growers to get an international certificate called "Global GAP", which would allow them to access bigger international markets. Speaking during the opening of the training, Dr. Laetitia NYINAWAMWIZA, the Principal of UR-CAVM thanked the farmers who accepted to put aside their businesses and engage with the University of Rwanda team to discuss on good practices to improve the quality of potato needed for international markets. She exhorted them to mobilize fellow farmers to register and participate in short term trainings that the University offers for them to remain competitive.

Among the participants include 3 women and 1 person with visual impairment who are actively involved in good quality potato p

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Posted 21 February 2018 at 04:09

The 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda''

AgriProFocus Rwanda through its programme called Youth in Agribusiness, in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.

The objectives of this event were to:

- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

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Posted 9 January 2018 at 01:17

Meet Mukazigama, Gatsibo’s budding agricultural entrepreneur!!

When many university students complete their studies, one of their biggest preoccupations is how to land government or corporate jobs. For many, getting white collar jobs is the only alternative after campus.

However, for Evangeline Mukazigama, a graduate of accounting from Kigali Independent University (ULK), job-seeking was out of the equation, thanks to her passion for farming and entrepreneurship. Though the move surprised many, for her it was a natural choice having raised all her university tuition fees from farming activities.

“For me the thought of job-seeking was like a huge burden I couldn’t bear,” says the 30-year-old resident of Rurenge, Remera sector in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.

So I decided to apply the knowledge gained from university to carry out my own income-generating activities to make more money, Mukazigama added.

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Posted 20 December 2017 at 01:55

Final Report: ''3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival'' – 22nd November 2017

On 22 November 2017, was held the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS Rwanda, the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF).

The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.

Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing the report Thacien! Do you have anice picture collage to go with it too perhaps? Would look nice!

1 year 4 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for your comments Anne Marie Kortleve.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Good achievement!

1 year 3 weeks ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI This report shows how youth are the driving force towards agriculture sector development.

1 year 1 week ago

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Posted 18 December 2017 at 01:09

  I am KAMAYIRESE Francine, a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in Agriculture Mechanization URCAEVM, Nyagatare campus, I have attended 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival held at Nyagatare Campus, and then I become inspired by youth role models through their wonderful explanations and testimonies on their tangible agribusinesses, I have learned many things in this festival and I found that through agribusiness, we can make money.  I also learn about innovation and creativity. As this can improve the well being of our society. I really thank AgriProFocus Rwanda and different partners, for your mission which is to promote youth engaged in agriculture.  

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks a lot for sharing your testimony based the lessons learned in 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival. We will be happy to see you starting up new agribusinesses and creating more jobs for others!!!

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Francine Kamayirese for your testimony and acknowledging us as the young agribusiness entrepreneurs who participated in the event.Anyway could you also share with us the innovation and creativity that you have learnt and came up with due to the festival as you mentioned in your testimony!

1 year 4 weeks ago

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Posted 18 December 2017 at 12:32

Hello Friends! 

  

I am Dative BAKOZIKI, a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in year four(4) of  Agriculture Mechanization Department, I have attended 3rd Youth in Agribusiness festival organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda and different partners including U SAID/PSDAG ,YEF and others that took place on on 22nd November2017 at UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus under the theme "YOUTH AS CATALYST FOR AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN RWANDA".  

  I become inspired by youth role models through their testimonies and I have also got lots of experience and gained new skills that have empowered me for improving business and make it more viable and profitable as well. 

After attending this festival,I have decided to learn and do research on crop production using modern rain fed farming as we know an agronomist is posted to UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus recently to develop our farms,it will al

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Dative, you are welcome  in the AgriProFocus network. Come and join other agriprofessionals, ideas, knowledge and business innovations are shared here!!!

1 year 1 month ago

Dative BAKOZIKI Thank you very much, I appreciate

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI I really appreciate your testimony Dative BAKOZIKI and the research that you have start conducting on crop production.Are doing it at Nyagatare? if yes how are you gathering information on it?

1 year 4 weeks ago

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Posted 18 December 2017 at 10:49

  Hi!!!

My name is Isaie SIBOMANA, a student from University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in agricultural mechanization department , A big thank to  AgriProFocus Rwanda for organizing 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival which took place at Nyagatare Campus. Honestly, the festival opened the eyes of students and this will prevent unemployment problem through engaging youth in agribusinesses.


Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank very much for sharing Isaie sibomana!This is a place where agribusiness innovations are shared!feel free to use this platform!

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 09:48

I am Virginie NDAYISHIMIYE a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine, after attending the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival which took place at Nyagatare Campus, I really appreciate the youth role models through their testimonies on their tangible agribusinesses.

I also learned that through agribusiness we can make money through innovation and creativity. As this can improve the well being of our society,  I really thank AgriProFocus Rwanda and other different partners, for your mission which is useful especially promoting the youth engaged in agriculture.

Virginie NDAYISHIMIYE I really appreciate this group, and I want to get more

1 year 1 month ago

Marie Justine INGABIRE wow

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for joining AgriProFocus network. We appreciate your participation in the youth festival 2017. And we hope that you are next young role model who be inspiring others!

1 year 1 month ago

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Posted 24 November 2017 at 04:39

The 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda''

AgriProFocus Rwanda in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.

The objectives of this event were to:

- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Raising awareness on existing youth forum

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Franklin Speaking,This  3rd Youth in Agribusiness festival was a great opportunity for us*Young Agri-entrepreneur*.Sincerely,Through different professional and mind-opening conversation that took place during the festival,For sure I have got lots of new ideas that will keep strengthening my Horticultural&gardening  business and also i have got new skills that would keep helping me to come up with new innovation in my project.For instance i was wondering how could i make my activities being expanded and known by many peoples including stakeholders like Bank,Government institution and/or other Organization that keen to help young entrepreneurs to self-develop and generate income from their Agricultural activities!! But during the festival i learnt how they are plenty of youth opportunity just waiting for us to come and explore all of them! Truly this helped me not only knowing these huge opportunities but also raising my abilities and just taught me not fearing/hesitating to approach Sponsors or other partners who might be interested in working together with me in my project. As  this year theme said"YOUTH AS CATALYST FOR AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN RWANDA" I promised the Participants who were in the festival that i will not stop this initiative and also i will continue to empowering other youth fellows either in agriculture sector or those one who are not yet in this sector to join it and also show them potential opportunities greatly found in this industry and more income to be generated when anyone decide to take the initiative of practicing   agriculture,Indeed i would like to thank AGRIPROFOCUS for organizing this 2017 Youth in Agribusiness Festival and also my gratitude goes to PSDAG/USAID, Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and the co-organizers including UR-CAVM, Rural Development Initiative, National Youth council (NYC),RYAF for their vibrant experience sharing and advises because they changed and build up my commitment  towards every single activity i did in my company called UMURAGE FRANCOISE FLOWER GARDEN.Thank you for organizing and inviting us to participate in this 2017 Youth in Agribusiness Festival!!

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for sharing Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI! Do your best so that the lessons learnt from the youth in agribusiness festival can make an impact on your farming projects. If you want any contact of the key partners participated in the festival, don't hesitate to use the search tool on the platform or contact AgriProFocus Rwanda office in Kigali. Together we can promote youth engaged in agribusiness.

1 year 1 month ago

Janine Schoeman Thanks for sharing your experience Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI, it is great to hear your positive feedback. 

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you @ Janine Schoeman Great to hear your appreciation ! For sure youth are the powerful engine that would transform the Agriculture sector when get empowered and supported by different peoples who have been successful in this industry and now are also keeping developing@transforming the agriculture from a subsistence to a modern and commercialized form.We Youth we can!! 

1 year 1 month ago