The Executive Director, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Dr. Olufemi Oladunni, has reiterated the determination of the institute to reduce youth mobility caused by poverty, through training that will create jobs and business opportunities for them in the agricultural sector and in the rural areas.
Declaring open a workshop for farmers in Kaduna and Katsina states in Abuja, Oladunni said the institute’s programmes aimed to promote adoption of improved production practices by targetting farmers, with gradual roll out of farmer-centric agricultural services and systems across the country.
According to him, the institute helps farmers use new methods and systems making farming a more viable livelihood option.
In addition to the technical skills taught, the training is an opportunity for local farmers to come together, discuss best practices, and share their experiences.
So far, he said 766 farmers had benefited from the programme.
Another 114 were being expected, bringing the number of participants to 880.
He commended Kaduna and Katsina states’ agricultural development programme (ADP) for their assistance to the programme.