Ogun Partners EU to Train Women, Youths in Agriculture

Ogun State Government in collaboration with GIZ, European Union, has embarked on training of youths and women in cultivating tomato, chili pepper and its value-chains.

Flagging-off the training at Eweje Farm Institute, Odeda, Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun explained that, the exercise was aimed at empowering three thousand smallholder farmers, towards increased productivity, such as linkages with inputs, credits, markets, job creation and food security, which was in line with the present administration’s goal on job creation and food sufficiency.

Mrs. Abiodun encouraged the participants to explore the insights gained at the training, towards best agricultural practices, assuring that government would not relent at empowering youths and women in various agricultural opportunities. 

Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, noted that Ogun and Lagos States had early in the year launched Nigeria Competitiveness Project aimed at assisting farmers in cultivating tomato and pepper. 

Dr Odedina described the Farm Institute as an ideal training centre where farmers would be groomed on modern and mechanised agricultural practices.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Alhaja Hairat Ogunmoye, who lauded the initiative, appealed to government to sustain the training to enable farmers in other parts of the state to benefit and become financially stable.

Olusegun Folarin

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