REPORT: Geo-Political Training of Unemployed Youths and Women on Mushroom and Ginger

Training programme was part of the 2018 approved capital projects for the Institute – “Horticultural value chain capacity building for farmers in 6 geo-political zone of Nigeria” (ERGP30111036). Horticulture is one of the key drivers of diversification for Nigeria’s economy which can enable the country to have a paradigm shift from over dependence on crude oil. The two commodity crops considered were mushroom and ginger which offer nutritional, health and economic benefits that can enhance livelihood of the teeming population of the country. The first in the series of “Horticultural Training for unemployed youths and women was flagged off in the  Federal  Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the North Central zone. The agricultural organisation with national in mobilization of participants while ensuring a good spread and male: female ratio. Thus, a total of 59 trainees which comprise 29 males and 30 females were trained for two days on different aspects of mushroom production and value addition along with ginger value addition focusing on selected value-added products. Since agriculture has also assumed the business angle in Nigeria, an aspect of the programme focused on economics of production which x-rayed profit ability of the commodity crops. Although participants were drawn from Bwari, Gwagawalada, AMAC and Kwali Local Government Areas of Federal Capital Territory where they are domiciled, they hailed from 15 different states which are: Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Benue, Oyo, Ekiti, Edo, Osun, Ogun, Kwara, Delta, Cross River, Imo Akwa-Ibom and Nassarawa. At inception of the training programme, knowledge of the trainees on the commodity crops was evaluated to reveal gaps that the training would address. Similarly, too, at the end of the training a post-evaluated was carried out.

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