In its quest to encourage people’s participation in farming and tackle high rate of joblessness among youths, the Federal Government has commenced free vocational training in agriculture for three hundred and fifty unemployed graduates and practicing farmers at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, FECA.
Declaring open the one week training in Akure, the Provost of the College, Dr Samson Odedina said the exercise was being carried out in line with the directive of the minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent who covered the event for Radio Nigeria, reports that participants are drawn from ten states of the federation.
The first batch of the Federal Government sponsored vocational training in agriculture is targeting at training 350 unemployed graduates and practicing farmers who are from ten states namely: Ekiti, Osun, Nasarawa, Oyo, Edo, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, kwara and Ondo states.
Addressing the participants, the provost, federal college of agriculture, Akure, FECA, Dr Samson Odedina said they would be trained in sustainable cassava processing, poultry, fisheries, agricultural Value Addition, Bee-Keeping, pig production, as well as Tree and Fruit crops nursery techniques.
The provost noted that the intention of the government was to make unemployed youths jobs creators rather than being jobs seekers.
Dr Odedina who pointed out that the vocational training that was being carried out by the government free of charge for participants, disclosed that the federal government had mandated its Bank of Agriculture to give financial and logistics assistance to the trainees after the programme.
In an interview with radio Nigeria, some of the graduate participants including Oluwafemi Omilani from Osun state and Folorunso Olarenwaju from Ondo state, described the Federal Government’s agricultural initiative as commendable and timely.
The second, third and fourth batches of the Federal Government sponsored free vocational training for unemployed graduates will soon be carried out when more youths will benefit.