Ex-lawmaker trains 100 youth, women on fruit agric techniques

Former member of House of Representatives, Hon. Shehu Garba, in collaboration with Federal College of Horticulture, Gombe has trained over 100 women and youth on fruit processing, preservation, marketing and other best agric practices. 

The training, aimed at creating job for the less privilege and downtrodden in the society, would also focus on methods of preservation of farm produce for maximum utilisation towards having a food sufficient nation.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the training in Kaduna on Monday, Hon. Shehu said the participants were drawn from several communities across the state for training in various techniques of irrigation farming, which involved fruit crops and vegetables such as guava, banana, water melon, orange among others to make Kaduna youth and women self-reliant.
He said he had organised several similar empowerment programs in the past five years after leaving office as member representing Kaduna North in the lower chamber, while reiterating his resolve to consistently put together such empowerment programs as his quota towards eradicating idleness among youths thereby addressing insecurity, kidnapping, rape and other social vices in the society.
Following the training, participants were empowered with grinding machines and starter cash to enable them process and preserve their farm products for economic values.

Speaking after the training, the training officer from Federal College of Agriculture, Gombe, Adamu Waziri, disclosed that the participants were taught modern food production techniques, processing, preservation and marketing, adding that the best value chain in agriculture was attaining a stage of reducing waste of products before they get to the final consumer.
He highlighted some benefits of the training to include eliminating waste in farm products. equipping farmers with modern farming techniques for maximum productivity, increasing value chain of Kaduna farmers.
A beneficiary of the program, Mathew Yohana, expressed delight at the opportunity, and assured of his commitment to put into practice knowledge gained at the training.

A female farmer, who also participated in the training, Hassana Aliyu, said, “I can increase my harvest with the skills learnt, this would go a long way in impacting the overall production capabilities of Kaduna farmers. I urge other politicians and stakeholders to emulate the kind gestures of Shehu ABG towards youth and women empowerment to help build Nigeria towards food sufficiency.”