Young Farmer’s Incubator Program (YFIP), an initiative of AgriHub Nigeria Limited in collaboration with Eweko Concept and Epe Agribusiness Cluster, is designed to train young and passionate individuals who aspire to start up a farm. The goal of the program is to grow the next generation of agribusiness professionals. This next generation are individual who treat farming as a business and apply modern technology and tools in running their farms.
This Incubator program is a 16 – 18 months intensive course on both technical and non-technical aspects of agribusiness, it has been designed to cater for youth who want to start up their own farm but neither have the required capital nor background knowledge in farming. This will be a full time on farm training in Epe, Lagos State.
This stream of YFIP focuses on vegetables (Tomatoes, Pepper, Cucumber, Cabbage, Leafy vegetable such as Ewedu, Shoko, Tete). The course curriculum will cover a wide range of areas like pre-planting and post planting operations, postharvest management practices, business planning, farm records and book keeping, agricultural marketing, as well as legal, finance and tax matters in farming. The facilitators are credible, competent and have proven track record of successes in their respective businesses and fields, and have a cumulative experience of over 35 years.
Serving as a well-intended, curriculum-driven stop gap for new entrants passionate about any aspects of agriculture across its broad value chain, this non-degree certificate awarding training is targeted at fresh school leavers, undergraduates and graduates of any discipline, mid-career professionals, retirees etc.
FEATURES FOR PARTICIPANTS
- Learn how to cultivate Crops.
- Participants would be allotted plots of land to cultivate.
- Inputs required to cultivate the allocated plots will be provided
- Practical hands on training by experts with over 35years farm experience who have been trained both locally and internationally
- Land preparation
- Introduction to irrigation
- Training Manuals
- Robust curriculum that covers both the business and technical sides of running a successful Agribusiness
- Accommodation close to farm site
- Mentoring opportunities
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
- Financial support to start up their own farm.
- Future AgriHub Nigeria Information sessions and workshops at a discounted price
- AgriHub Nigeria support and endorsement after the training
- In-depth practical training on farming from Pre-planting to planting, Post-planting, harvesting and marketing.
- Understanding of whole value chain in order to decide where they are going to fit in
- Becoming a certified Agri-business professional
- Access to market
- Planting operations
- Business planning
- Post harvest
HOW IT WORKS
This program is divided into 5 stages and each participant is expected to successfully complete each stage before moving up to the next stage. Failure to complete a step, the participant will be asked to discontinue the program.
STAGE 1: APPLICATION
Applicants are expected to apply for the program by filling out the form or scroll down to the bottom of this page to fill the form and wait for a response mail from AgriHub Nigeria.
STAGE 2: INTERVIEW/ SCREENING
Upon the completion of the application, screening will be carried out and applicants are expected to attend. The screening will be to identify the truly passionate youths as this program is focused on the youths with passion for agriculture especially farming. Only successful candidates here will be selected to proceed to the next step.
STAGE 3: INCUBATION
At this stage, successful candidates will be taken through three months full time intensive practical training sessions. During this period, participants will be allotted mini plots on which they will be carrying out their planting. Mentors will be on ground to train them and provide help and answers to every question they may ask.
The incubation stage will cover key drivers of agribusinesses: Business planning, agricultural marketing, laws, farm management, pre and post-harvest handling, pre and post planting management and Opportunities across the agriculture value chain.
After this incubation program, successful candidates will be promoted to the next stage.
STAGE 4: ACCELERATOR
At this stage, successful candidates will be provided with land for farming. Seeds and other required tools will be provided.
Production at this stage will be supervised by the AgriHub Nigeria and will continue for four (4) planting cycles. Candidates will be better exposed to the realities of farming at this stage as they will be doing most of the farm work and also the marketing work. One of the major benefits participants will get at the end of this stage is that they will have farm records of over 12 months which will put them in a better stead to access finance to set up their own farm.
STAGE 5: LAUNCH OF FARM BUSINESS
After successfully completing the four stages above, candidate will be graduated and at this stage will be assisted in setting up their own farm business.
Contact AgriHub Nigeria Limited on 08154050485, 08065022511,
Our website www.agrihub.org
1. How do I apply for the program?
Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to fill an online application form.
2. Where is the training centre located?
The training centre is located in Epe, Lagos state.