YOUNG farmers in Ikorodu, Lagos State have received training from the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), a dynamic youth-based initiative launched by the United States’Consulate-General, Lagos.
The Economic Empowerment team for the project’s 2017 fellowship cohort consists of Abimbola Ajayi, Adeola Agbonyin, Omoefe Eromosele and Olalekan Sipasi.
Sipasi said the group tagged the project ‘Farming for Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development (F.E.E.D).
He said the youth were provided hands-on training on vegetable and poultry farming. Participants were taught how to care for day old chicks. The classes, which took place weekly involved vaccination, pen laying, perosis, mitigation methods, temperature regulation as well as technical training on sustainable vegetable farming. The poultry classes, which started with 100 birds, recorded only five mortalities.
Alongside the poultry classes, participants learnt sustainable agricultural practices focused on vegetable farming. They were taught how to make 50 per cent water saving irrigation kit system manually from scratch.
According to him, the project kicked off with 20 youths, who participated in an orientation at the Protectozone Sustainable Livelihood Initiative Demonstration Farm in the Apeka community.
A participant Adedehinbo has set up a vegetable farm with 22 beds and another farm where he is using waste products to produce clean food.