The Lagos State Government has said it had set-up different farming enterprises to nurture and teach the youth in modern farming techniques, as well as urge students to get a career in agriculture.
The acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this at the opening ceremony of the Y2020 Agric-YES Summer School Programme at the Lagos State Agriculture Development Authority, Oko-Oba, Agege.
She stressed that the enterprises would ensure that the youth embrace agriculture to fill the void left by ageing farmers.
Olusanya disclosed that the goal was to provide food security and an enabling environment for the people to have physical and economic access to sufficient food in order to maintain a healthy life.
She stressed that more people, especially the youth, needed to be recruited into the agricultural sector.
“The Agric-YES Summer School Programme is essentially a programme to draw in the youth, our secondary school students, into exploring the possibilities around being in the agricultural sector. There is no better time, just before their SS3; before they write their exams into the university, for them to choose a career pathway.
“We felt that this is the opportune time for them to see the possibilities around what they can do with the agricultural sector and possibly, we will be able to convince them with the kind of teachings they will have – the training, the practical aspect of it – for them to now see the possibilities around being in the agricultural sector,” the acting commissioner said.