In the face of yet another economic recession, the call for Nigeria to significantly diversify her economic mainstay away from crude oil continues. Agriculture has been repeatedly advocated as a major ground-breaking sector to build Nigeria into Africa’s — and indeed one of the world’s — superpowers.
More importantly, Nigeria’s huge youthful population has been identified as a very strong edge for the country over other nations of the world to flourish in agriculture. This is in addition to the country’s underutilised human and natural resources including millions of unfarmed arable land.
Despite Nigeria’s upper hand in agriculture, the participation of young people in this sector has been relatively limited. The progress achieved so far, notwithstanding, a lot of misconception still exists as to the viability of agriculture as a profitable endeavour. A lot also needs to be put in place for a large-scale agro-industrial network to be effective in not only uplifting the sector and increasing national productivity but also in creating millions of jobs for Nigeria’s teeming population.
What must be done to successfully lay the foundation for a substantive agro-industrialisation base in Nigeria?
We want to hear from you!
AgroNigeria hereby uses this medium to call on senior secondary school students, undergraduates in tertiary institutions across Nigeria and serving National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to participate in its inaugural National Writers’ Challenge.
Entrants are to write on the topic: Restoring the Lost Glory in Greater Folds: How Agro-Industrialisation Can Radically Transform Nigeria’s Agriculture.
Each essay submission should not be less than 500 words and not more than 1,000 words.
All participants are to send in their essays to: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Monday, January 11, 2021. The subject of the mail entry should follow this format: “Your Full Name: AgroNigeria Writers Challenge 2021”. Also kindly provide your name, name of school/tertiary institution, current level or class and contact information at the top of the essay.
WINNER: N150, 000
1st RUNNER-UP: N100, 000
2nd RUNNER-UP: N50, 000
For more details, please reach out to: email@example.com
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