For young agro-entrepreneurs it is important that they are aware of the various opportunities available to them in the sector. Especially is it important that they choose a part of agriculture that aside from having passion for but can also be easily done locally by them.
However, to choose they need the understanding of the agricultural product chain. The chain denotes a linear sequence of mutually dependent and primary activities related to input delivery, production, processing, and marketing, etc. The word “chain” also emphasises that the different actors involved in the different links of the chain are mutually dependent These links includes farmers, input retailer, the transporter/importer and the producer of inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and those in the marketing end like middle-men, processors, food marts and super markets. A weakness of one link will affect the price or attractiveness of the final product and hence all the actors will suffer.
Thus when thinking about agribusiness you have to consider the following
- Farmers of one product, who may be grouped/associated formally or
informally to jointly produce and/or market their output;
- Suppliers of seed, fertilizer, machinery and other production inputs;
- Buyers, transporters and processors;
- Technical services, including research, extension, NGOs etc;
- Commercial services with information on markets and marketing, and
offering training on business management and administration;
- Financial services, including banks, credit associations, informal lending
groups, and insurance companies, etc.
- Facilitators of development processes (development projects, NGOs, etc)
It is clear from the above that agriculture opens to us a lot of doors. We all don’t have to be on the farm as it well. But a fact remains that there has to be a synergy between the various value chain showing the role of proper information dissemination, capacity building, networking and a win-win attitude by young people.