Manager of ABSL Consulting Limited, Abraham Sarfo, has encouraged fresh graduates of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to explore the fast-growing opportunities of Agriculture in Africa.
Speaking at the KNUST 57th congregation ceremony for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Abraham Sarfo acknowledged the fast-growing pace of technology in world evolution, hence encouraging students to prepare and be better equipped with the skills needed to solve societal problems.
“This tells us how the world has evolved in the past 30 years and how we should prepare for the fast-paced world for the next 30 years in a world of advanced technology and innovation that will characterize our social and professional lives. Though challenging, you should be prepared and enjoy it.”
Again, he pointed out to collaborative national service opportunities available to fresh graduates and encouraged them to embrace the opportunity with hard work and dedication.
“Through Master Card Foundation and the leadership of Dan Quaye, our organization Agric impact Limited is leading a consortium of 8 partners to implement approximately 50 million projects in 4 agricultural value chain that is envisaged to create 300,000 decent and dignifying jobs for young people. And one of the partners of the consortium is a National Service Scheme.”
“For most of you will be posted to this NSS and it is for this opportunity that you will be posted so that you become beneficiaries of this important project.”
Further in his speech, he analyzed the opportunities available in agriculture, nevertheless, mentioning how the profitable sector is not well patronized among young graduates as few people who venture into the field are largely nonagricultural graduates.
“There are areas in agriculture that have not been chartered so long as I am concerned along the value chain, for example, the potential of local baby food is estimated by the International Trade Center to exceed 1.1 billion euros by 2026. Imagine taking this opportunity and getting 1 slice, if a student of KNUST, graduating class, come up with a formula that combines local ingredients and can serve Ghana and the rest of Africa. So, there is a huge potential in Africa, climate change opportunities.”
Story by: Vannessa Nyasi Mensah | univers.ug.edu.gh