To restrain the growing spate of unemployment in the nation, Acting Executive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, has advised youths to engage in agriculture, particularly plantain and pineapple production.
Olaniyan made this known in Kwale area of Delta State at a training programme on plantain and pineapple value chain.
He hinted on the usefulness of plantain and pineapple to one’s health and the nation’s economy, stressing that even the peels from these commodities could provide wealth.
On the commercial value of pineapple and plantain, the director noted that, the massive production of these crops can boost the nation’s dwindling economy, adding that fermented pineapple juice could be used to make vinegar and alcoholic spirit.
Olaniyan emphasized it was necessary for stakeholders to make use of advanced production technologies and techniques, in his view, this will promote broad varieties of products storability, wilder usage and applications, enhanced returns on investment and export competitiveness.
Meanwhile, the Facilitator and Member, Ndokwa Ukwani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ossai N Ossai noted that the goal of the training was to provide skills to youths in the state and give them a platform to make wealth.
Similarly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, represented by his Aide on Community Development, Mr Obije Olokor lauded the initiative, while praying for more of such innovative programme.
The training was done in collaboration with Chervi Global Resources Limited to arm the youths with the right knowledge capable of helping them attain self-reliance.
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