A selected group of 50 agric produce exporters have been trained by the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) on value creation through effective human capital development in the area of agricultural produce exportation.
The training according to the organization is aimed at creating business opportunities even as they harness the potentials in exportation of Agric produce.
Speaking at the opening of the five-day training workshop at the ARMTI headquarters, Jimba Oja, Ilorin on Tuesday, the executive director of the institute, Dr Olufemi Oladunni, said this is aimed at reducing poverty and generate a new grade of employment through the agricultural value chain.
“We are trying to create business opportunities for youths, we want to let them know that they can engage in export business of agricultural produce that people tend to overlook. As common as waterleaf that is here, that grows in the rainy season without planting in this part of the country, it can be exported and people are making thousands of pounds. I know people who on weekly basis make at least £30,000. You see what it translates to if someone can make even if it is £10,000 weekly in Nigeria,” he said.
He stressed that there are areas within the Agriculture value chain that is yet to be tapped.
“For instance, transporters and those who have warehouses will fit into it because the products must stay somewhere before they go out. These are the things we are trying to create so that we can generate a lot of employment, we can increase the income of people, and then we can as well reduce poverty so that people can have access to a better standard of living.
“Through agriculture, they can become whatever they want to become in life and then we are encouraging them by teaching them how to do it because everything has standard,” he said.