250 Kwara youths trained on use of farm sprayer

Daily Trust - - RESEARCH - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Federal Govern­ment, in con­junc­tion with the Maize As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (MAAN), or­gan­ised a one-day train­ing and em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme for 250 Kwara youth on the use of knap­sack sprayer and main­te­nance.

The Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Bar­ris­ter Kay­ode Towoju said the train­ing would help the youth to grow in agri­cul­ture busi­ness and en­hance food pro­duc­tiv­ity in the state.

Rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing and Ser­vices, En­gi­neer Oyedele Ab­i­farin, Towoju said: “We have come to­gether to give you em­pow­er­ment so that you don’t go look­ing for white col­lar jobs. If you do it well, you can buy more and even­tu­ally be an em­ployer yourself and even a con­sul­tant.”

He said that Kwara State, known as an agri­cul­ture hub in Nigeria, would be­queath a worth­while legacy to suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers in the state.

While im­plor­ing them to take ad­van­tage of the rare op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by the train­ing, he cau­tioned them to read in­struc­tions prop­erly when deal­ing with any chemical used in spray­ing.

Also speak­ing, the State Di­rec­tor, Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Mr. Ade­bisi Buhari, called on youth to use the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by agro-chemical knap­sack sprayer to form spray­ing gang in or­der to help farm­ers in tack­ling weeds.

He said: “We ex­pect that when they get back to their lo­cal­ity, they will form gangs, may be about three or four of them would come to­gether, any time they find job, they go to­gether to do the spray­ing. By that, they are par­tially en­gaged and they can also use it on their farm and we are giv­ing them the sprayer free af­ter the train­ing”.

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