As part of efforts to get more youth interested in agribusiness as well reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, has held a training programme on plantain and pineapple value chain for youth in Kwale, Delta state.
Speaking at the training programme which was organise in collaboration with Chervi Global Resources Limited to arm the youths with the right knowledge capable of helping them attain self-reliance, the Acting Executive Director, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan advised youths to engage in agriculture, particularly plantain and pineapple production.
According to him, asides the health benefits of plantain and pineapple, even the peels from these commodities could be used for other products hence xreating wealth.
On the commercial value of pineapple and plantain, the director noted that, the massive production of these crops can boost the nation’s dwindling economy, adding that fermented pineapple juice could be used to make vinegar and alcoholic spirit.
Olaniyan emphasized it was necessary for stakeholders to make use of advanced production technologies and techniques, in his view, this will promote broad varieties of products storability, wilder usage and applications, enhanced returns on investment and export competitiveness.
Meanwhile, the Facilitator and member, Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ossai N. Ossai noted that the goal of the training was to provide skills to youths in the state and give them a platform to make wealth.
Similarly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, represented by his aide on Community Development, Mr. Obije Olokor lauded the initiative, while praying for more of such innovative programme.