The Government of Lagos State, Nigeria commercial capital said it had spent N1 billion to support no fewer than 400 graduate farmers to set up their own farms.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives Gbolahan Lawal said in Lagos that the beneficiaries were those trained under the state’s Agricultural Youths Empowerment Scheme (AGRIC-YES).
According to the commissioner the support is to give them a headstart in their farming businesses.
“We are currently operating a modern farm settlement scheme in Araga, Epe area of Lagos, where graduates are trained in different areas of agriculture under our AGRIC-YES programme.
“No fewer than 400 graduates, divided into four groups, are being exposed to practical and sustainable ways of practising aquaculture, poultry and crop cultivation, among others, using modern, fully automated equipment,” he said.
The commissioner said that the essence of the programme was to create a generation of modern farmers, while creating job opportunities and promoting food security”.
Lawal said that the programme was fully residential, adding that the government only recently inaugurated 200 units of two-bedroom apartments at the programme site, to improve the living standards of participants.
He said that the state government was committed to the food security of the state, saying that AGRIC YES was one of the efforts of government to demonstrate that.