To succeed as a young people and agric entrepreneur,it is important that we are armed with not only the relevant information,right and appropriate skills to thrive but have a strong desire and see the the attractive but big picture in Agriculture,food supply chain,food safety etc.here are few tips i have decided to share with all the young people out there that desire to go into any part of agriculture and agribusiness or that are already into it.
1,BE BUSINESS PLAN READY
Funding and grant competitions and opportunities would open up in 2017.One of the basic requirements is that have a business plan.It is important that you have one ready at all times .Make sure you business plan is handy and accessible in both soft and hard copies.You just have to be ready when the opportunity comes knocking at the door.Be it a competition or the opportunity to pitch your plan before potential clients or investors.
2.LEVERAGE ON THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Involve trusted friends in your endeavour .The world we live in is blessed with very blessed individuals and this offers us a win-win environment .Be willing for help from ,friends who would be ready to do to do some tasks for you at no costs or a cheaper one.Let us take this vas atypical example,do you need to do graphic design works for branding your agro firm ,why not talk to a friend who has got expertise in graphic design.Often such ones are willing to do it for free or at a comfortable discount .But never take the help or discount granted.
3.NETWORK AND JOIN THE RIGHT SUPPORT ORGANISATION
Trust me,being part of the right networks and organisations either online or offline makes it possible to gain access to information and resource needed .like the pages and join groups on social media networks that relate to agriculture.All this organisations or networks have products ,resources ,seminars,workshops and other opportunity openings that young agro entrepreneurs need from time to time.
4.BE INFORMATION HUNGRY
It is often said that knowledge is power .As young people we need to be HUNGRY for relevant and credible information and sources .Sometimes this information opens up tips ,opportunities and a large array of doors and networks that would be helpful .This me back to the power of social media network
5.ENGAGE IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Everyday new findings and results are revealed through researches.More knowledge is provided about value chains and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs in the sector..As young entrepreneurs it is important that you get the right training through workshops ,conferences,and specialised training classes .Sometimes you have to pay for them .It could be a new method of cropping or livestock management or even soft skills and business management training.All these make us fit for the sector and ready to excel.