The Ondo State Government will tomorrow commence a week-long intensive training for about 300 newly-engaged young graduates under its Pro-farmer and Agro-preneurs Sustainable Scheme (PASS).
Giving the overview of the training programme, the Chairman of the State Wealth Creation Agency (WECA) Mrs. Bolanle Olafunmiloye, said the scheme was an initiative of the Agency to expose the potential agro-preneurs to both theoretical and practical aspect of agriculture and agric-business.
Olafunmiloye, according to a release, said they would be trained in agricultural skills such as introduction and processing of broilers, layer and egg production, fish farming and sericulture.
She added that the programme, with initial 280 beneficiaries, would see others trained in keeping of livestock such as pigs, goats, rabbits and cattle, honey production as well as cultivation of arable crops.
She said at the end of the training programme the trainees would have acquired entrepreneurship skills and knowledge in Marketing Strategy, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business plan and Proposal Writing, ICT and Social Media for agriculture among others.
According to her, the objective of the government is to increase food production, reduce poverty, generate employment to teeming unemployed graduates, and promote skill acquisition and wealth creation through agriculture.
The training programme will be declared open by the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.