ODSG trains farmers in modern farming
In line with its strategic policy to ensure all year round farming, Ondo state Ministry of Agriculture has organized a one day practical training for women and youth farmers in Akure.
The event which took place at the Fadama (lll) hall drew participants numbering 50 from all the 18 local government areas of the state.
Declaring the event opened, Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati underscored the importance of modern techniques in farming.
According to him the essence of the programme was to demonstrate to farmers it is possible to undertake all year farming in a cost effective manner.
He used the occasion to pour encomium on the Governor for approving fund for the programme in view of the increasing need for the scarce resources.
Otunba Adefarati further enjoined participants to make use of the knowledge gained to increase their yield and their living standard.
Earlier, the Ag Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Segun Odusanya appealed to participants to make use of the knowledge gained in the training in order to achieve the essence of the programme.
In an interview with the Ministry’s Press crew, Director Agricultural Services, Mrs Adebisi Ajayi attributed the success of the event to divine intervention and the relentless spirit of the staff of the Ministry to who conceived it to succeed.
In addition to what gladdens her most practical session and the Field Trip to a farm at Oba Afunbiowo Housing Estate, Akure under taken by the participants where they saw the practical demonstration of the training.
On lesson learnt, two of the farmers, Mrs Akinsulire Faith from Okitipupa and Mr Omolayo Taiwo from Ile-Oluji farm settlements spoke glowingly of the training and appealed to the government through the Ministry to make it periodical.
The programme was held last nine years ago and tagged Training of Women and Youth Farmers in Dry Season Farming drew not less than 50 farmers across the state.
Highpoints included, distribution of starter packs for cultivation of food crops like vegetables, fertilizers and chemicals to mentioned a few by Otunba Adefarati to participants and field trip.
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