Catfish farmers harp on compulsory agricultural education in schools
A former Sole Administrator of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Princess Abiodun Elegushi-Anifalaje, has advocated inclusion of practical agriculture in the school curriculum, especially catfish farming, at primary and secondary school levels.
This, according to him, would go a long way in inculcating entrepreneurship in the students from early stage to bridge the gap of fish deficiency in the country.
She stated this when the Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN), led by the president, Mr. Sunday Onoja, visited Chief Ifasegun Elegushi, the President, Association of African Traditional Religion of Nigeria and Overseas (AATREN) and Opemoluwa of Ikateland, to present to him a letter as the patron of the association.
She noted that Nigeria is blessed with arable land, which is enough to produce food for the whole of Africa if well managed by Nigerians, especially youths, instead of waiting for white-collar jobs.
In a remark, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, CAFAN, Mr. Tayo Akingbolagun urged the government at all levels to invest in agriculture and make it attractive to youths by providing soft loans and finances.
He said the association decided to honour Chief Ifasegun Elegushi as patron following his passion for and investment in agricultural value chains, which had helped in providing employment opportunities for youths.
While decorating the patron of the Association, the chairman of Ogun State branch of CAFAN, Mr. Samuel Olubodun, commended Chief Elegushi for promoting African culture and traditions, and called on youths to actively show interest in the sector.
Chief Elegushi commended the association for honouring him with the position, assuring CAFAN of his commitment to the development of the association.