…Gov Fayemi’s foresightedness through the enabling of Youths in Commercial Agriculture Development in 2012 steadily yields fruition.
In 2019, through his Office, Governor Kayode Fayemi inaugurated the Management and Board of Trustees (B.O.T) for YCAD.
YCAD President, a young and dynamic Agripreneur, Mr. Sanya Fabiyi in the company of; the President, O’dua Chamber of Commerce, Chief Kola Akosile and the Special Adviser, Social Investment, Barr. Victor Kolade (both members YCAD BOT) share their experience at the 2019 edition of Agra Innovate West Africa Exhibitions and Conference that held in Lagos State.
At the event, Fabiyi, who is also the Secretary to YCAD B.O.T., delivered an electrifying presentation on the opportunities for youths in Commercial Agriculture at the Opening Day of the event on Monday 25th Nov 2019.
According to him, YCAD was showcased as a National brand and institution that is fast becoming the landmark for providing Agribusiness Development Support services to youths and a platform for investment for global players from within and outside Nigeria.
A key highlight of the event was the YCAD Exhibition which perfectly showcased the efforts of His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the Ekiti State Government in Agricultural transformation and most importantly the transformation of YCAD into a national Agribusiness brand that is making impact, the success stories of members and the several initiatives that has cemented YCAD in the agricspace through the creation of Agribusiness cooperative cells with a digital marketing hub that is running with modern trends.
“YCAD also had the floor on the closing day of the event on Tuesday 26th November, 2019 as a special feature “Demo Session” on farmers workshop featured the Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development initiative where some YCAD members shared their experiences and showcased Agr-products from YCAD Ekiti state such as; YCAD packaged locust beans, Garri, Orange fleshed Sweet Potato, Yam Setts, Animal feeds from Ekiti Empire (Sanya Farms) Feed Mill, Cocoa Seedlings, Cashew Seedlings, Oil Palm Seedlings, Plantain Flour, Plantain Chips, Sweet Potato Chips, Processed Fish, Palm Oil, Kolanut Seedlings, Plantain Sucker, and Orange fleshed Sweet Potato Vines (OFSP).
“These products were well packaged and branded with the YCAD logo. Indeed Agra-Innovate 2019 was a good place to showcase Ekiti state and the exploits of the Youths in Commercial Agriculture as evidenced by YCAD,” Fabiyi said.
Speaking on YCAD’s outing at AGRA-Innovate 2019, the Special Adviser to Ekiti State Government on Social Investment who is also on the Board of YCAD, Barrister Victor Olumuyiwa Kolade Esq. thanked the Programme Director of AGRA-Innovate Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan (OON) for projecting the shinning light of YCAD from Ekiti State into the international space.
“Our sincere appreciation to Dr. John Kayode Fayemi for supporting YCAD and providing the enabling environment for the YCAD Management under the leadership of Mr. Sanya Fabiyi (the President) to lead the Youths of Ekiti in the Agribusiness revolution and expand YCAD as a national brand to render Agribusiness Development Support services to Nigeria’s Youths,” he said.
Chief Akosile also mentioned that there is a healthy collaboration between O’dua Chambers of Commerce and YCAD to strengthen the organization and further spread the tentacles of YCAD across other states of the federation as a means to support other youths into Commercial Agriculture.
Agra Innovate West Africa 2019 in partnership with Food West Africa was declared opened by Prince Gbolahan Lawal, Honourable Commissioner Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture.