The Chairman, Ondo State Agriculture Commodities Association (OSACA), Mr Akin Olotu has revealed the plan of his association to resuscitate the Young Farmers’ Club in secondary schools in the state to inculcate the love of farming in the students and to generate income into the coffers of the schools.
He gave the revelation in an interview with The Hope shortly after a capacity building programme organised for sheep and goat farmers in the state by the association recently.
According to him, the club will be resuscitated in some selected secondary schools in the state where farm projects will be allocated to members of the club to manage by them.
Olotu who said the association will contact the State Ministry of Education before the commencement of the programme, revealed that it is one of the programmes of the association next year.
His words: “One of our programmes for next year is that we want to resuscitate the young farmers club in some selected secondary schools in the state. We want to inculcate in these young minds the love for farming, we want to generate income into the coffers of the schools’ management, so that they will not depend solely on government.”
Olotu who said the programme will be a public private partnership arrangement stressed that the association will liase with schools managements to ensure the success of the programme.
He said the revenue generated from the project will be kept in the coffers of the schools’ managements and will be used to maintain the schools instead of depending solely on government.
“This programme will be a public private partnership arrangement. We are going to partner with private sectors to ensure the success of the programme and whatever is generated will be used to maintain the schools. We want to ensure that the schools managements do not depend solely on government,” he said.