NIHORT Trains Youths on Modern Agric Practices

About eighty five youths from Oyo, Ogun, Niger and Lagos states are currently undergoing training on citrus, banana and plantain value chain.

The training, which was parts of Federal Government efforts to end poverty through youth’s involvement in modern agricultural practices, was organized by the National Horticultural Research Institute, NIHORT, Idi Ishin, Ibadan.

The training, which covers modern techniques of generating improved seedlings from plantain, banana and citrus, also entails the sourcing of pottasium and soap from plantain and banana wastes.

Declaring the three-day workshop open, the Chairman, NIHORT Governing Board, Major General Garba Muhammed (Retired) represented by a member of the board, Mr Hassan Abubarkar said that citrus, banana and plantain were important crops capable of improving the living standard of the people as well as serving as source of employment opportunity for people.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Executive Director, NIHORT represented by the Director of Hort Consult and Chairman Research Planning, Dr Steven Afolayan said awareness and advocacy on the importance of adopting good nursery practices in the production lines would help in addressing challenges associated with the production of the crops.

Some of the participants commended Federal Government for initiating the programme and pledged to translate the training into real practical use for their benefit.

Apart from starter pacts that would be given to the participants, management of the institute pledged to link the trainee to the market that needs their products

Rotimi Famakin

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