NIHORT To Trains 30 In Lowland, Upland Vegetable Production

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(Last Updated On: 2023-01-11)

The institute announced this at the opening of the Horticultural Academy for Youths (HAY) held at the institute’s conference hall on Wednesday in Ibadan.

NIHORT Executive Director Muhammad Atanda described the training as part of the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, to reduce unemployment among youths.

He said that the institute had been training youths over the years, stating that more than 600 participants had benefited from such trainings.

According to the executive director, the ongoing training is for people in the south-western part of the country.

Atanda described the training as intensive with practical field experience and cultivation of various horticultural vegetables.

“We have a platform for monitoring the participants. It is going to be training, monitoring and mentoring.

“The mentorship would take nine months for both lowland and upland farming systems, which means both rain-fed and irrigation.

“The training will build the capacity of our youths as part of the charge from the government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to train unemployed youths.

“Our main aim is to make them to embrace agriculture and build their capacity to produce crops along our mandate for local and export consumption of vegetables,” he said.

The Project Coordinator in the institute, Dr Olutola Oyedele, said that the institute had put in place facilitators and effective monitoring techniques.

According to her, a plot of land has been provided for each participant to plant six varieties of vegetables during the lowland dry season and another at the upland.

“The essence is that whether lowland or upland, they will be able to cultivate these vegetables.

“We consume vegetables daily, there is no household that does not eat one portion of vegetables daily,” Oyedele said.

She stated that vegetables could be planted all-year round with the assistance of irrigation facilities and NIHORT had inculcated that into the training.

“This will give them the expertise to be able to grow vegetables in different seasons,” Oyedele said.

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Oyedele, who is also the institute’s Director of Research, stated that the training was concentrated on the youths as a formidable force.

According to her, this will enable NIHORT to tap into their zeal, passion and their strength to achieve the desired purpose.

Oyedele advised Nigerian youths to tap into opportunities that abound around them, charging them to get busy with opportunities in agriculture.

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