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Dapo Abiodun Gives Grant, Land To Young Ogun Farm Graduands

The Ogun State Government under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun has doled out the sum of 2.5million naira and land to 25 indigenes of the state, who graduated from the Enterprise for Youth in Agriculture (EIYA) program, packaged by Soiless Farm Lab, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, to boost their agricultural endeavors.

Speaking during the presentation and graduation ceremony at Awowo, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Bolu Owotomo, said the gesture was to enable the graduands to adopt, adapt, and implement the knowledge acquired to boost the agricultural sector.

Hon. Owotomo, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Press Officer, Mr. Gbenga Moronfolu, explained that the training was a further assurance that the aging farming population could effectively and adequately be replaced with young farmers with modern skills, to enhance the agricultural value chain.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Samuel Adeogun, the Commissioner emphasized that harnessing the potential and innovation of Nigeria’s young farmers and entrepreneurs in agriculture would not only revitalize the sector but also make it sustainable and technologically advanced.

He assured that the state government would not relent in transforming the sector by encouraging more youths to engage in agriculture, as well as creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive through its various intervention programs.

On his part, the team lead, of Soiless Farm Lab, Farmer Samson Ogbole, noted that the initiative was to attract young people into agriculture by exposing them to modern training that would enable them to excel.

“We taught them how to build a greenhouse from scratch; they know basic bricklaying, plumbing, electrical works, farm management, financial management, budgeting, and human management,” he said

Some of the participants sponsored by the state government, Olayinka Olaoluwa, Adebimpe Odebiyi, and Taiwo Osilesi, commended the state government for the program, saying they had immensely benefited from the training and were passionate about deploying what they had learned for the benefit of the state.

They appreciated the state government for the land and cash gift, promising to utilize them judiciously and towards ensuring food security in the state and country at large.

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