By: Kazeem Biriowo
Executive Director, Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Patricia Pessu on Tuesday, disclosed that two corps members have received a N4 million Federal Government (FG) grant to practice agribusiness and value addition in agriculture.
The beneficiaries were selected from Abia and Oyo states.
Pessu made the disclosure at a training programme on value addition of agricultural commodities for 40 corps members selected from 16 local government areas of Kwara State, Ilorin.
According to her, the benefiting corps members were selected from the institute’s last batch of trainees.
“The two corps members have submitted proposals and the committee we set up had reviewed them and made our own input.
“This project we are doing now has been factored in our 2020 budget. It makes it possible for us to go ahead with it. But there are other projects coming up in our 2021 budget which Nigerians at various levels will benefit from our technologies.
She stressed that agriculture is the viable option to diversify the economy; hence, there are various components of agriculture that are yet to be fully explored especially the post-harvest value chain which young Nigerians can tap into.
“Post-harvest value chain due to its less drudgery offers more attractive activities involving handling, storage, transportation and marketing for youths.
“The main objective of this programme is to encourage self-reliance, self-employment and ensure productivity for youths. I sincerely hope that this training will translate into better post-harvest practices among the youths and create employment opportunities,” she explained.