Dr. Hope Usieta, the Executive Director of Leventis Foundation, disclosed at the Foundation’s 30th anniversary in Abuja, that the organisation has trained over 25,000 youths in Nigeria, the art of modern and sustainable agricultural practices.
Usieta also revealed that in its 30 years of existence, the Foundation has spent about one billion naira to train and assist farmers in agribusiness. He said “the foundation is dedicated to training youths and farmers in modern agricultural practices. In our training schools, we train farmers through the different aspect of agriculture. We admit the farmers who stay on campus for a year”.
The Executive Director added that “we teach them both crop and livestock farming, value addition skills, and how to use farm machinery. We have trained more than 25,000 youth through our one-year regular programme and short courses. Each school has capacity to admit 100 to 150 trainee per year and on average we graduate 700 youths”.
As part of the activities to mark the anniversary, Usieta said some youth with great ideas would be offered 2 million naira each to boost their business in agriculture. He said this will enable them move from a small scale to a large-scale production.
Usieta disclosed that the Foundation is expanding and has built a new agricultural management institute in Edo State, to produce managers, who would be able to function in large-scale farming.
He said “we did a groundbreaking ceremony of the new institute in Edo. Agric is expanding. We noticed that managers are not functioning very well in large-scale farming. We are looking to bridge that gap by establishing the agricultural management institute in Edo State”.