By Olasunkanmi Akoni
THE Lagos State government is set to produce 100 first set of the potential farmers through its Agriculture-based Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric Yes), aimed at self sustenance as well as attainment of food sustainability in the state.
To this effect, it has concluded plans to empower another set of 100 youths in the second phase of Agric Yes programme following the successful completion of the Course 1 intensive training of the project admitted in October 2009.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Projects, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, stated this weekend in Alausa, Ikeja.
The project, midwifed by the state Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Special Projects, is an economic and social interventional approach at the nationâ€™s dwindling agricultural fortunes, youth unemployment, poverty eradication and rural development issues.
The scheme is a six-month full-time capacity building project at the Agriculture Training Institute, ATI, Araga, in Epe Division of the state.
The main thrust of Agric Yes project is engaging, equipping and empowering youths in Lagos State through agriculture. The ultimate vision of the project is to produce first class entrepreneurial elite farmers in the area of poultry, fish farming, bee-keeping and all season vegetable farming production.