The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), has organised a training programme for youths on lowland and upland vegetable production.
According to the Coordinator, Dr Olutola Oyedele, the project, titled the Horticultural Advancement for Youth (HAY), will be implemented through effective monitoring techniques and by experienced facilitators.
“The trainees will have access to state-of-the-art monitoring tools and would plant at least six varieties of vegetables.”
Oyedele mentioned the development during the opening ceremony of the nine-month-long training held on NIHORT premises, “The essence is that whether lowland or upland they will be able to cultivate these vegetables and vegetables are what we consume daily, there is no household that does not eat one portion of vegetables daily.”
According to her, vegetables can be planted all year round with the assistance of irrigation facilities and NIHORT has inculcated that into the training.
“This will give them the expertise to be able to grow vegetables in different seasons.”
The training will concentrate on the youths because they are a formidable force to tap into their zeal, passion and capacity to achieve the desired purpose.
She advised Nigerian youths to tap into opportunities around them, charging them not to be idle but get busy with opportunities in agriculture.
On behalf of other participants, Daniel Nwangu and Ibukun Tubi appreciated the institute for the free training which is meant to help them to be gainfully employed and solve the problem of food insecurity in Nigeria.