September 24, 2020
Agriculture

NIHORT Trains Farmers on Plaintain, Banana, Mushroom Production

Nigerians have been advised to key into the transformation agenda of the present administration by embracing agriculture. 

Chairman, NIHORT Governing Board, Major General Mohammed Garba, retired, stated this while declaring open, a three-day training programme on the mushroom, plantain and banana rapid multiplication at the national horticultural and Research Institute, Ibadan.

Major General Garba noted that the present administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has identified agriculture as a critical tool in job creation. He implored the participants to go through the training with all seriousness so as to empower themselves and families.

Radio Nigeria’s correspondent reports that 50 participants from all over the country, including women and youth, are currently undergoing a three-day training on plantain, banana rapid multiplication and mushroom production at NIHORT, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan.

Welcoming the participants, the Chief Executive Officer, NIHORT, Dr. Abayomi Olaniyan noted that plantain business requires small capital to begin and could generate a lot of income to farmers.

Dr. Olaniyan also maintained that the training was imperative to educate the farmers on planting non-infested plantain and banana suckers for optimal yield.

He said that mushroom business which is known for its medicinal value, could also serve as a foreign exchange earner for the farmers. 

The NIHORT boss added that cash incentives would be made available to the participants to support them.

Three participants, Babatunde Ladipo of Ibadan, Oyo State, Mrs. Aisha Yusuf of Niger State and Olukayode Omiyale also of Ibadan, Oyo State said the training would them make something of their lives.

Jeffrey Ahonmisi

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