The Chairman Governing Board of the National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT, Major General Mohammed Garba (retd.) wants the state government to provide land and mechanized equipment through the local councils for the participation of youths in agriculture.
Major General Garba made this known during a three day capacity building for youths and women on plantain, banana production and value addition in collaboration with Hauge Logistics Ltd. held at NIHORT, Ibadan.
The governing board chairman noted that establishment of farm settlements and irrigation would encourage prospective youth farmers to venture into agriculture.
He said that since the coming in of President Muhammadu Buhari’s-led administration, NIHORT has provided empowerment training to over two thousand, five hundred individuals as the president had identified the agriculture sector as having a high potential in job creation.
Major General Garba implored farmers and herders to live in peace for the sustainability of food production all year round.
In a welcome address, Executive Director, NIHORT, Dr. Abayomi Olaniyan while stressing the viability of plantain and banana urged the participants to take the training seriously for self empowerment.
Dr. Olaniyan, who disclosed that start-up capital would be made available to the participants, cautioned them to use the funds judiciously as the institute would do a follow up on their progress.
The participants who were drawn from most parts of the country expressed joy on being part of the training.
They urged the institute to make the training as frequent as possible for more youths to benefit from it.