FG, Ogun, Fadama train 5,000 women, youths in agriculture
The Ogun government has trained 5,000 women and youths in different fields of agriculture.The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, spoke at the commencement of the two-week exercise organised in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture under the FADAMA III project.
She advised the first batch at Eweje Farm Settlement in Odeda Local Council of the state to avail themselves of the various “windows of opportunities in policies, programmes and projects which the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration has initiated for economic recovery.”
Stating that government has made land more accessible, the commissioner added that fertilisers had been subsidised to enhance productivity and profitability, noting: “national security is dependent on food security.”
Adebajo hinted that 200 trainees with best business plans would be given take-off grants, just as she counselled the participants, drawn from all of the state’s 20 local councils and 57 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), to explore additional avenues for soft loans.
According to the FADAMA Coordinator, Oluwafemi Akinsola, the programme tagged,”FADAMA Guys, Graduate Unemployed Youths Scheme”, was designed to replace the aging farming population in the state.
He advised the participants to “integrate backwards” by consulting officials of the ministry, OGADEP And FADAMA in the course of their Agric-preneurship for what he called optimisation of the field.The Permanent Secretary, Stephen Ipinniwa, enjoined participants on prudent management of grants.
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