The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, through the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, in conjunction with Ojidio-Ligne Engineering Company Limited, has given tutelage to youths in the Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo and Odigbo Federal Constituency in Ondo State on modern techniques in soybean, plantain and maize production to enhance food security. A total of 200 participants drawn from the federal constituency participated in the training programme. The consultant, Innocent Idewele, thanked the Federal Government of Nigeria, through FCAH&PT, for the poverty alleviation programme for the people of the constituency. While justifying the reason for the concentration on plantain, soybeans and maize value chains, Idewele, noted that indigenes of the constituency are predominantly farmers and the aforementioned crops are the major crops found and planted in the constituency hence, there is need for training of the farmers.
The Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Dr. Adekoya Owosibo, appreciated efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the area of agricultural empowerment. He said agriculture was the major foreign exchange earner in the 1960s in Nigeria before the discovery of petroleum and advised participants to take the training very serious. On his part, the lawmaker representing the federal constituency, Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin, appreciated the initiative of the Federal Government and FCAH&PT for bringing the empowerment programme to the people of his constituency and encouraged participants to make proper use of the opportunity given to them.
Source: Nigerian Tribune