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Lagos Trains 84 Secondary School Students in Agriculture As Part of Long Term Solution To Food Shortages

Perm Sec, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, presenting one of the students with a certificate of participation, while the Director of Agric Services in the Ministry, Mrs Abiola Ayoade looks on with admiration

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Eighty four Senior Secondary School Agricultural Science students and 13 Education Officials including Agric Education Desk Officers and Agricultural Science teachers have been trained by the Lagos State government under it's yearly Agricultural Summer School Programme. Drawn from the six educational districts in the State, the participants were trained in both theoretical and practical aspects of crop and livestock production, fisheries, agro–processing and various Agric value chains. In an address to the closing of this year's edition of the summer school programme in Agege area of the State, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya reiterated that the annual training is part of the State government's efforts to stimulate the interest of the youths in agriculture and nurture them to become viable agripreneurs, thereby curtailing food shortages. Ms Olusanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji noted that 642 students and teachers have participated in the programme which was introduced in 2011 and encouraged the latest beneficiaries to make use of the knowledge acquired for them to become self sufficient in future, while also assisting Lagos to achieve its set targets in the agric sector. The Commissioner said "The vision of the State as related to agriculture is sustainable food production, wealth and job creation through youth and women empowerment with significant private sector involvement, so, the strategy is to start with the secondary school students, sustain their interests in agriculture so that they will be part and parcel of those who will assist in actualizing the 40% of the State’s food demand by year 2025" The Commissioner expressed appreciation to the State Ministry of Education for the joint partnership which had motivated some of the earliest participants to undertake various agricultural related courses in higher institutions. Earlier in a remark, the Director of Agric Services, Mrs Abiola Ayoade explained that due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the latest participants in the summer school programme were trained in six batches at the State Agricultural Development Authority complex in Agege instead of the two weeks residential on–farm training at the Agricultural Training Institute in Araga, Epe. Mrs Ayoade who emphasized the importance of food security told the students that they could become part of the agricultural family irrespective of their future ambitions as technology has now made farming simpler and less cumbersome. In an interview with Radio Nigeria, some of the students who expressed appreciation for the opportunity said they would embrace agriculture as the period spent in the summer school had reshaped their views of the agricultural sector. They also promised that they would share the knowledge and experience gained in the course of the Agricultural Summer School with not just their immediate family but also their peers when school resume next month.
Eighty four Senior Secondary School Agricultural Science students and 13 Education Officials including Agric Education Desk Officers and Agricultural Science teachers have been trained by the Lagos State government under it's yearly Agricultural Summer School Programme. Drawn from the six educational districts in the State, the participants were trained in both theoretical and practical aspects of crop and livestock production, fisheries, agro–processing and various Agric value chains. In an address to the closing of this year's edition of the summer school programme in Agege area of the State, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya reiterated that the annual training is part of the State government's efforts to stimulate the interest of the youths in agriculture and nurture them to become viable agripreneurs, thereby curtailing food shortages. Ms Olusanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji noted that 642 students and teachers have participated in the programme which was introduced in 2011 and encouraged the latest beneficiaries to make use of the knowledge acquired for them to become self sufficient in future, while also assisting Lagos to achieve its set targets in the agric sector. The Commissioner said "The vision of the State as related to agriculture is sustainable food production, wealth and job creation through youth and women empowerment with significant private sector involvement, so, the strategy is to start with the secondary school students, sustain their interests in agriculture so that they will be part and parcel of those who will assist in actualizing the 40% of the State’s food demand by year 2025" The Commissioner expressed appreciation to the State Ministry of Education for the joint partnership which had motivated some of the earliest participants to undertake various agricultural related courses in higher institutions. Earlier in a remark, the Director of Agric Services, Mrs Abiola Ayoade explained that due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the latest participants in the summer school programme were trained in six batches at the State Agricultural Development Authority complex in Agege instead of the two weeks residential on–farm training at the Agricultural Training Institute in Araga, Epe. Mrs Ayoade who emphasized the importance of food security told the students that they could become part of the agricultural family irrespective of their future ambitions as technology has now made farming simpler and less cumbersome. In an interview with Radio Nigeria, some of the students who expressed appreciation for the opportunity said they would embrace agriculture as the period spent in the summer school had reshaped their views of the agricultural sector. They also promised that they would share the knowledge and experience gained in the course of the Agricultural Summer School with not just their immediate family but also their peers when school resume next month.

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