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Lagos to Train 5,700 Youths on Agro-Business

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The National Images Incorporation in conjunction with Lagos State Government will tomorrow commence the 2016/2017 edition of agricultural empowerment training scheme at Oshodi-Isolo Local Council Development Area of the state.

The training scheme would move to Ikeja Local Government on December 14, 2016 and to Orile-Agege and Agege Local Councils respectively.

The Project Director, Mr. Bamigbade Oluwaseyi, said the objective of the scheme was to enable the youths have adequate knowledge on basic agricultural skills for them to be self-reliant.

He said over 5,700 participants from all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas across the state are expected to participate in the training programme. They will be trained on best practices for cat-fish production, processing and marketing, as well as soilless vegetable production and marketing techniques.

After the programme, according to Bamigbade, they would guild the youths on how to form a cooperative societies that would make them have access to credit facilities from reputable specialised financial institutions, saying the scheme was being driven in partnership with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), FADAMA, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Olakulehin Dapo,said the state government was supporting the scheme by sensitising all local councils in the state to collaborate with national images on the execution of the training programme to enable the youths becomeself reliant.

The state will equally advise all LGAs/ LCDAs to provide a conducive venue for the training programme, even as the state will monitor the training programme to ensure quality assurance for all the participants.

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