A group of young entrepreneurs under the aegis of Tannep prime concept limited have vowed to fight poverty, insecurity through agriculture.
The group made the commitment during a one day seminar with the theme, “securing the future with agriculture, maximizing profit and mitigating losses.”
Head of operations of the company who is also a software engineering student of American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, Alamin Ahmed said all over the world, agriculture has remained one of the critical tools with which countries fight the menace of poverty and insecurity.
He noted that the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world would have more devastating effect on Nigeria if Buhari led federal government did not deemed it right to invest seriously in agriculture.
” Thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been reduced as Nigeria is able to produce one of its staple foods (rice). What would it have been with the revenue of crude oil nosediving? It could have been worse with the banning of goods and people coming in or out of many countries.
“You could imagine what that could have been to Nigerians. You only need to observe how goods and services have skyrocketed today,” he said.
Ahmed noted that in the last four years, his company has consistently outperformed its set objectives and made giant strides in alleviating poverty through its investment in small holder farmers.
” Today Tannep Prime Concept is present in almost 15 communities spread across Ganye, Maiha, Ndikong and Yola metropolis with 25 active cooperative groups as well as individually registered farmers under its fold and guidance.
“We have invested about N30 million across inputs, trainings, off taking and storage. Through two different farming cycles every year, we have an estimate of 300 active farmers and have yielded over 200 tonnes of produce from crops grown. Tannep is on track to triple its yield by the end of this farming season,” he said.
Further elucidating the objective of the firm, head of agronomy and extension services, Abubakar Salihu said, the company’s major goal is to ensure that farmers embrace modern techniques of farming.
He noted that to ensure the success of such goal, the company has availed farmers with inputs such as fertilizer, insecticide etc.
He noted that such intervention across the 15 communities have yielded unprecedented bumper harvests with concomitant economic impact on many families.
He pledged his company’s commitment to expand their reach to the 21 local governments of the state and to other parts of Nigeria in the near future.
In his goodwill message, Professor Abba Tahir of American University of Nigeria, Yola said the era when students will finish school and wait for white collar job is over.
He noted that government jobs are not available noting that the only alternative remaining for young people is embrace entrepreneurial skills.
Tahir noted that in order to confront such challenges, the American system of education has embedded entrepreneurship in its curriculum, noting that it is a requisite for every student to submit a workable and implementable business plan before he can earn their certificate.
He said such vision has made students from American universities to become renowned entrepreneurs.
Tahir who lauded the young entrepreneurs urged them to sustain the tempo as he noted that the youngsters have already taken the right steps.