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Lagos CADP Graduates 55 Women, Youth Trainees In Poultry

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nkasiobi Oluikpe

Lagos

The Lagos State Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) has graduated 55 women and youths after one week intensive training in rice, aquaculture and poultry value chains.

The permanent secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Olajide Basorun, hinted that the beneficiaries were those under the World Bank Assisted Women and Youth Empowerment CADP project, and were trained in cutting edge technologies.

According to him, the beneficiaries were trained to specialize in areas under the value chains segment, which includes: production, processing and marketing. “It is a win-win situation for everybody. Government has through this way, invested on these youths; our expectation is for them to do well and better their lives.

“We started the commercial agriculture project about five years ago with five states participating; Lagos has always been at the forefront of the programme.  To guarantee the sustainability of the project, we have introduced the women and youths empowerment angle to it whereby we train youths in cutting edge technologies.

Confident that the graduands are good to go, having been introduced to better ways of making millions from agriculture, Basorun said government is sure that the gains from the programme would create economically responsible citizens that will pay taxes.

The project, he said, is also capable of providing human resources for the successful implementation of agricultural projects.

He said: “There is going to be a monitoring team and the evaluation aspect is important because we have formed them into cooperative societies. There will be monitors who will give reports to their facilitators, who will in turn report to the state coordinator. We have key performance indicators at every aspect of the programme.

“So there will be zero tolerance for misbehaviour on the part of the trainees because there will be empowerment.  Lagos State would always contribute its quota to all donor and World Bank-Assisted Projects through regular payments of its counterpart contributions.

The state Project Coordinator of CADP, Kehinde Ogunyinka, said the 55 beneficiaries would be empowered in the form of input grants, stressing that the women and youth empowerment programme, became part of the project’s jurisdiction after CADP’s restructuring in 2014.

Ogunyinka said: “Since the restructuring of the CADP, we decided to incorporate the development of women and youths in agriculture in line with both the state and federal government’s agriculture development plan. We screened over 125 youths and women and out of the lot, we picked 55 and trained them within the three value chains of rice, aquaculture and poultry.

“The empowerment procedure is going to be in the form of input grants and service providers will be engaged to supply the inputs the beneficiaries need. The development will have a long term effect on employment as each beneficiary is expected to employ at least two others.”

Advising beneficiaries to be dedicated to the task ahead, the coordinator said that the second and third batches would commence soon.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Jimoh Nurudeen thanked the CADP and the state ministry of agriculture, promising that they would not disappoint the government but would contribute significantly to the economy of the state and Nigeria, at large.

Another beneficiary, Oluwatobilola Oladapo, confessed that as a result of her previous experience, she decided to train under the poultry management segment.