US-based tractor maker Massey Ferguson and Fortune 500 company AGCO have partnered with Strathmore Business School (SBC) to train youth in agribusiness.
AGCO Africa vice president and general manager Nuradin Osman on Monday said the training is part of the company’s plans to build a competent human resource pool that would manage its business interests on the continent.
“Currently about 90 per cent of our employees in Africa are of European decent in a continent whose economy relies on agriculture. There is a huge mismatch between training of experts and presence of private sector in the academia,” he said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Strathmore University and its partners in the Sh55 million initiative.
“We want to guarantee jobs to students who pass through the university.”
AGCO plans to expand to other parts of Kenya beyond Nakuru where it is currently based.
The SBC dean George Njenga said the course involves practical training and application of skills. “What we are looking for is attitude, aptitude and passion to go into professional farming, not necessarily university graduates,” he said.