The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has rewarded six successful agripreneurs who entered the 2023 edition of the Farmers For Future (F4F) grant, the sum of N10 million.
In a statement, the Project Manager of BATNF, Adetola Oniyelu, said the F4F grant is designed to support young people with viable agri-businesses with equity-free capital and other associated support they require to scale their businesses.
Onitelu said with over 30,000 applications from this year’s edition, Adebisi Opeyemi, CEO of Pemnia Wellness, emerged as the grand prize winner and was awarded the prize of N3 million.
“N2m each was awarded to Edeh Felicitas, CEO, Felinech Global Company Limited, and Williams Ekwebelam, CEO, Bluefish Farm, who were the first runners-up of the competition, while Bernice Oyedele, CEO, Bernice’s Farm, Ideede Favour Nukpugi, CEO, Favorite Fishery and Idowu Femi, CEO, FMD Agro Concept, the second runners-up were awarded N1m each.”
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He said alongside financial rewards, the winners would access comprehensive support, including technical assistance, mentorship from industry professionals, guidance with business registration, and membership in the esteemed Farmers for the Future alumni network.
“This innovative agricultural entrepreneurship initiative, developed in partnership with the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) and Fate Foundation, demonstrates BATN Foundation’s commitment to fostering the growth of young agripreneurs,” he said.