Training Institute Organises Workshop To Boost Agricultural Production
About fifty agricultural extension directors and managers from thirty-six states of the federation and the FCT are participating in a one week workshop on agriculture commodity value chain, organised by the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, ARMTI, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Declaring the workshop open, the Acting Executive Director of ARMTI, Dr Olufemi Oladunni, said that the institute had been playing key roles in the Federal Government mission of economic diversification by strengthening agriculture and rural development.
Dr Oladunni while pointing out that agriculture will continue to be relevant due to its multiple benefits of food production and job creation said all the six geopolitical zones in the country have comparative advantage of one agricultural products or the other.
According to him, agriculture and solid minerals played vital roles in taking Nigeria out of recession.
He said value chain seeks to transform agriculture from the usual rudimentary form to specialised practice of linking farmers, processors and marketers so that they can all maximise optimally.
Dr Oladunni who urged the participants to take good advantage of the one week programme so as to justify efforts of the Federal Government in agriculture.
A consultant on value chain and agricultural extension, Professor James Okunlola identified numbers of job opportunities abound in the agricultural value chain.
The agricultural value chain is expected to ensure food security, provide employment and increase income of farmers and others in the agric-business line
By: Abdulrazaq Bello/Ilorin