The Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has expressed the readiness of his administration to partner with the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) for the training of 18,000 youths on egg production and value chain opportunities.
Akeredolu said ,1,000 youths would be selected from each of the 18 council areas of the state for the training.
Speaking in Akure, the state capital, the governor noted that the only realistic alternative to white collar jobs is agriculture.
He said, his administration has established the Ondo State Agribusiness Empowerment Centre (OSAEC) for the engagement of youth in the value chain of constructive and productive interventions in the sector.
Akeredolu said, “The State Government sets to complete the process of engaging 18,000 youth, 1000 per Local Government in the State. Under the programme, Youth-on-the-Ridges, these young men and women are to be trained in the best practices of agriculture.”
The Provost of the college, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina, who expressed delight over the development, noted that stakeholders in sector have begun to realise that those people given loans and grants for agricultural investments need training.
Odedina said, “These are what we have been doing and we are very happy that Ondo State is partnering us to train young people to continue to make money through this very profitable agricultural value chain opportunity
According to the provost, ” We have identified poultry as a very profitable value chain opportunity; and we have been doing it. Each year we receive funds from Federal Ministry of Agriculture to train young people in bird stocks and sustainable egg production.”
Odedina , whose college initiated the value chain curriculum and is the leading agric training institution in the nation, disclosed that participants have begun registration either on the college websites or by visiting the agroshop.
He said, “We train people in batches, and for a batch, we can handle one or two thousand. In the two weeks training, we focus on sustainable egg production, marketing and access to import.
The provost, who initiated value chain opportunities in biofortified Vitamin A maize and cassava in Nigeria, announced that the first training comes up in the third week of February and the registration is throughout the year.
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