The Lagos State Government has pledged support for the engagement of youths and students in agricultural activities.

In a statement titled, ‘Lagos restates support for youths in agriculture’, on Thursday, the government stated that its support will encourage youths to become more productive as adults in the agriculture labour force.

According to the statement, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, reaffirmed this support during the Schools’ Agric Quiz Competition on Thursday.

The event, which involved students of public senior secondary schools in Lagos, was part of activities lined up to celebrate Y2021 World Food Day in the State.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Hakeem Adeniji, the Commissioner stated that the youth support initiative will solve the problem of unemployment and vacuums being created by the ageing farmers, just as it would mitigate the possible effects of global food crisis.

The Commissioner noted that 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, for job creation, youth empowerment and poverty alleviation.

Olusanya was quoted as saying, “Some of such programmes include the Summer School Programme, the Schools’ Agricultural Programme, Eko Schools’ Agricultural Comic and the Women and Youths Programme under the Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project.

“Others are the Lagos Agripreneurship Programme, the Cage and Pen Culture Programme and the Young Africa Works Nigeria Programme in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture/ Africa Projects Development Centre/Mastercard Foundation among others.”

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