The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said participants of its agripreneurship programme would hence undergo a three-month internship on a farm or agricultural facility.
This is to enable participants to get first hand experience of the agricultural process.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, disclosed this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Batch IV of the Lagos Agripreneurship Training Programme at the Lagos Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe.
Olusanya stated that the three-month internship would allow the aspiring agripreneurs to gain a good understanding of all they were taught during the one-month training at the institute.
She said, “We know that there were issues in the past when past participants complained that when they came into the programme, they were trained and then they left and nothing happened afterwards.
“This is why we need to commence the internship structure. Apart from having the training experience here, especially for those of you that don’t have any clue about agriculture, to also now have another three months internship programme with an existing company or facility.
“It actually augurs well for you because in terms of the collaborations you get to make, partnership, and the learning experiences that you get to have, I think it will serve each and every one of you very well.”
The Commissioner, therefore, urged the participants to make themselves ambassadors of the Agripreneurship Programme by telling others about agriculture and the numerous opportunities that exist therein.