In commemoration of the World Food Day slated for Friday October 16, 2020, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun is set to empower additional 1,500 cassava young farmers with input towards food sufficiency and industrialisation in the State.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina made this known while speaking on a Television programme, in Abeokuta as part of activities lined up in commemoration of the Day.
Odedina said 3,500 youths have been empowered in cassava plantation and 1,165 in rice cultivation, under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, 54 have completed three cycles of rearing broilers at Eweje Farm Institute Odeda under Ogun Broiler Project.
According to him, Value-Chain Development Programme is an empowerment for youth in various commodities, adding that over 40,000 small holder farmers were empowered with planting material palliatives such as maize seedling, cassava stems, cocoa and cashew seedlings.
Speaking further, the Commissioner stated that he is impressed on the achievements recorded so far in agricultural empowerment for youths which he noted would culminate into food sufficiency.
He also disclosed that in a bid to cash them young, the State Government through the Ministries of Agriculture and Education, Science and Technology planned to revive Young Farmers’ Club in Public Secondary Schools with modern demonstration farms in each of the schools to inculcate in them the act of farming, saying all Agric teachers would be trained to make the plan a reality.
Ahmed Taofeek ‘Tunwase Dokunmu,
Press Officers Ministry of Agriculture