Don advises govt on job creation through agri-preneurship

The Federal Government has been charged to provide employment through agri-preneurship.

The Dean, School of Agriculture, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof Kehinde Olushola Babatunde, gave the charge at a forum organised by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Isolo branch.

Babatunde, who was guest speaker, said for this to be achieved, government should encourage entrepreneurship in farming by removing all the business regulations and complex bureaucratic procedures that stand in the way of agri-preneurs.

He said: “The government and stakeholders should continue to encourage entrepreneurship in farming through providing information service to advise and support famers in identifying, preparing, designing and implementing efficient farming business.

“Improving the provision of basic infrastructure and promoting the capacity of training institutions such as ITF and Leventis Foundation School to provide education and training at the right time and place with the right balance of technical knowledge and practical skills”.

ITF Director-General, Sir Joseph Ari, represented by the Director Field Services Department, Mrs Adesola Taiwo, said no fewer than 11,100 unemployed Nigerians are to be trained by the Fund as part of Federal Government’s efforts towards solving the problem of unemployment.

The training, which had already taken off in many states, would expose the trainees to over 30 trades and crafts.