Ondo govt to train ex-militants in agric

The Ondo State government has said it will train some former militants in agricultural techniques and production.

The beneficiaries recently renounced militancy and embraced the Amnesty Programme.

Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi spoke yesterday while opening a Federal Government Supported Agricultural Value Chain Development Training at the Federal College of Agriculture in Akure (FECA), the state capital.

He said the programme would create sustainable agricultural opportunities for the beneficiaries and the state.

The training, which was organised by the lawmaker representing Akure North/South Federal Constituency, Afe Olowookere, was for unemployed graduates, farmers and other stakeholders in the constituency.

Ajayi, who lauded Olowookere’s vision for organising the training, said it was far better than distributing motorcycles, which he said has no second-hand value for beneficiaries.

He said: “It is better to learn how to fish than being given a fish. There is need for everybody to embrace farming in order to eradicate poverty in the society.”

According to him, the state government will soon begin a farm-to-market initiative through which feeder roads will be upgraded to ease transportation of farm produce to urban centres.

Olowookere said 55 persons participated in the training and would be empowered after the scheme, while another set will get their training in two weeks.

The lawmaker said the programme was aimed at improving and increasing the technical knowhow of practising farmers and prospective ones through modern innovation and new paradigm in agricultural architecture.

He said: “Agriculture remains the only alternative and panacea to our economic emancipation at individual and collective levels.

“The realisation of this fact geared me to design the training and empowerment programme on agriculture, among others, for farmers and prospective ones in the constituency.”

Olowookere urged the beneficiaries to create sustainable farming activities and agro-ventures which would provide a steady income for improved standard of living.

2 Comments

  • EDIDIONG AARON
    Posted 14 hours ago 7:13 pm 0Likes

    Wow, nice idea, highly commendable

  • idris yayah
    Posted 10 hours ago 10:40 pm 0Likes

    Waw,wat a nice development

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