The Board of Trustee for Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development (YCAD) was inaugurated on the 15th July 2019 at the office of the Governor of Ekiti State in Ado-Ekiti.
The 18 member YCAD BoT includes:
- H.E. Dr John Kayode Fayemi CON (Chairman)
2. Prince Dr Olabode Adetoyi (1st Vice-Chairman)
3. Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan OON (2nd Vice-chairman)
4. Sanya. O. Fabiyi (Secretary)
5. Engr Kayode Ilesanmi
6. Mr Victor.O Kolade Esq
7. Engr Oludare Abegunde (Perm.Sec. MARD)
8. Chief Kola Akosile
9. Mr. Ifelola Olubunmi
10. Mr. Fapohunda Rotimi
11. Mr. Owoeye Ayodeji
12. Mr. Ogungbenle Segun
13. Mr. Ogunmosin Ariyo
14. Mr. Adewole Temitope
15. Mr. Lanre Borishade
16. Mr. Garba Arogundade
17. Mr. Ademola Okeya Esq
18. Mrs. Romiluyi Olubunmi
The memberships of YCAD BoT readily attest to the seriousness attached to its vision and implementation. With the executive governor of the state and proven men and women entrepreneurs of Ekiti state extraction as members, the sustainability of the project should not be in doubt. YCAD is actually a government initiative launched in 2012 during the first administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi. After a dull moment during the last administration of Governor Ayo Fayose, YCAD has now been repackaged for better impact.
Livestonews spoke to the 1st Vice Chairman of YCAD BoT, Prince Olabode Adetoyi who elaborated on the vision and plans of YCAD. Excerpt of the conversation is reproduced below.
“The vision of YCAD is to see Ekiti as the hub of commercial agripreneurs producing for the entire nation and for export. The missions are to stimulate the interest of the youth in commercial agriculture and to accelerate the process of agric commercialization in Ekiti state. This is the reason behind the choice of successful entrepreneurs as members of the BoT by the government.
YCAD is registered with CAC as a corporate body and will be run on a kind of public private partnership. Ekiti state government will provide the land and amenities like road and electricity. The actual running of the YCAD village will be private enterprise driven with development partner and financial institution engagement. It is going to be purely commercial, business and profit targeted operations.
YCAD has seven components which are
- Arable Crops
- Nursery and Tree crops
- Agrodigital marketing and communication
Currently there are about 250 agripreneurs on the programme and the intention is to take it to 2,000 in the next 2-3 months. Registration is increasing by the day. Ekiti state government has already given 200 hectares of land which will be developed into agric village with all modern facilities in place and there will be no need for the agripreneurs to feel attracted by the fancies of the cities. The agripreneurs will own and stay in the agric village permanently”.
When asked whatwill happen when the village is fully occupied and more people are still interested in joining, Prince Olabode boldly answered that “ This is business, if we cannot find any more land in Ekiti state we will move to a neigbouring state or any other suitable state to acquire land for the business. We want to make millionaire agriprenuers out of Ekiti people and the onus has fallen on some of us to lead the way and guide the process”.
YCAD Board of Trustee during inauguration on 15 July 2019.