The Lagos State Government took a major initiative by advising the youths across the state to make agriculture a real business and remodel that from just a means of livelihood production to a profitable business sector for better rewards.
This was made known by the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Wasiu Gbolahan Lawal, at the State Trust Fund Employment Summit 2020.
The Commissioner stated that there remained various opportunities in agriculture. Adding that the Sector has ample value chains, and if well-practised, a successful income will be gotten therefore it would result in paving the way for the newer opportunities.
Lawal said that each segment of agriculture, from crop production to livestock and also aquaculture, serves as an escape route from the country’s economic hardships, as well as creating job opportunities, especially to the youths, but ironically, this Sector is not being maximally utilized till now.
On the part of the Government though, Lawal said that farming is expected to be made very attractive to the masses, particularly the youths, through the supply of modern agricultural facilities, inputs, training and many other related applicable configurations.
He further added that this has made the Lagos State Government begin some empowerment schemes, such as the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme, the Lagos State Agricultural Youth Empowerment Scheme and et al that set apart to train both youths and women to become shareholders in this Sector.
Recalling that the Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba-Shehuri, called on the youths to make the best use of the applicable agricultural empowerment programmes that were initiated by the Federal Government, to solve the problems of unemployment in the country.
The Minister also said that various empowerment programmes have been made available by the FG. They are appealing to interested persons to go to any of the Ministry’s office to make enquiries on the schemes which are ongoing in the country’s Agricultural Sector and to apply for them for a new dawn.