Enterprise management lead trainer: Farming is a business

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ousman Sonko, lead trainer in a three day capacity building training for 30 youth and women farmers on group and enterprise management including leadership, governance and entrepreneurship has said that farming is a form of business which if the doer does not understand, will have difficulties to sustain investment.

“The training is designed to help you to see farming as a business and to help you to operate as a group,” Mr. Sonko told the young participants during a presentation. The training was centered on two areas of group and enterprise management.

He said the investment is not an individual initiative but belongs to a group with principles that they have to live by to functionally operate.

The training funded by FASDEP was targeted to equip participants with relevant skills, knowledge and attitude to enhance their cohesiveness as a group as well as support sound agricultural investment initiatives in enhancing their viability.

The young farmers will be provided with machineries or farming implements to support them to increase productivity and make the machines accessible to other farmers. 

Mustapha Badjie, program manager of the National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI) said they empower and support youth and women entrepreneurs and farmers, saying the training will help the beneficiaries on skills needed to improve agricultural production.

“Agriculture is key in the development of any country. It provides us food and everything we need for our survival. This is why young people and women of this country need to be supported to venture into agriculture.

 He said their aim is to provide materials that will help to multiply production, saying access to faming materials is one of the main problems hindering the development of agriculture in the country. “Young farmers want to do a lot of things but they lack some of the materials to increase their production.”

Principal of the Rural Development Institute (RDI) said the essence of the training is to give participants certain skills that they did not have to help them improve productivity.

Lamin Jawaneh from the department of agriculture told the young people that they must handle the machines as their own and not as a property of FASDEP and to effectively manage it. “The success of this project depends on you people. Lot of money has been invested in this project,” he told beneficiaries.   

Author: Sulayman Ceesay