The Lagos State Government says it has created various programmes to empower and train youths in different agricultural value chains.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, said this on Thursday during the state’s public schools agricultural quiz competition to commemorate the 2021 World Food Day in Lagos.

Olusanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Hakeem Adeniji, said, “The Ministry of Agriculture has been providing different platforms for youth engagement through training and capacity building under various projects and programmes in different agricultural value chains, thus, contributing to job creation, youth empowerment and poverty alleviation.”

Olusanya added that the challenge of unemployment could be addressed by training youths in agricultural schemes.

“The problem of unemployment and vacuums being created by the ageing farmers would be solved by the programmes, and this vision explained the focus of the Lagos State development plan in agriculture which is to move the present local food production from 18 per cent to 40 per cent of the state’s food demand by year 2025 to match the continuous increase in the state’s population,” she said.

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