Provost of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) College of Agriculture, Kabba, Dr Aderonke Mohammed, has urged government at all levels to encourage the training of unemployed graduates in order for them to key into agricultural production in order to enhance their standard of living and contribute to the growth of the economy.
The provost added that the diversification to agriculture remained the key to economic recovery, growth and development.
Mohammed, who gave the advice while interacting with newsmen in Kabba on Friday, reiterated the position of agriculture as the mainstay of the country, saying the sector is capable of spinning foreign exchange for the country.
“Agriculture is just the answer to the nation’s economy. All aspects of agriculture; be it horticulture, crop production, animal production and others, are all very lucrative.
“All it takes is to be passionate about it and I am sure that if you are passionate about what you do and you keep doing it, the sky will be your starting point,” she said.
The provost noted that the college mandate is to train middle level manpower in the core aspect of agriculture, adding that the college was also involved in capacity building.
“Recently, we did one on cashew production and also trained youths in different aspects, including tomatoes, yams, cassava and sesame seeds among others.
“We have technology centre in the college where we also train people in different aspects of entrepreneurship such as tailoring, fabric design, bead making confectionery among others”, she added.
On the forthcoming 35th annual conference of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria (HORTSON), the provost said all hands were on deck for successful hosting of the event.