The Executive Director of NIHORT charges Nigerians to embrace plantain farming.
The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan, said in a meeting that he has given Nigerians the pieces of advice which he had for them, which is for them to engage in farming business because the country is blessed with a climate favourable to the produce good farm product he said.
Dr Olaniyan gave this advice during a two-day Federal Government-sponsored training on Rapid Multiplication Techniques on Plantain Production for plantain and banana farmers in the country at the NIHORT headquarters, Idi-Ishin, Ibadan.
Speaking further, Dr Olaniyan revealed that the training would help boost the production of plantain and banana in the country, while repositioning the country as one of the major exporters of these produce.
He said, At the moment, Nigeria is the fifth largest plantain-producing country in the world, and such trainings would further take us higher on the global production ladder in the furture.
The major focus of the training is to reveal new methods of cultivating plantain and banana to farmers, and this will help boost their profits in the various businesses .
One thing about plantain is that it can be grown anywhere that is God gift for us, and water is the only thing needed to make it grow well.
As a result of this, farmers can boost their income, while Nigeria can earn more through exportation of the produce, said Dr Olaniyan .
Earlier, the project coordinator of the training, Dr Olutola Oyedele, urged Nigerians to embrace agriculture as the government was now focusing more on the sector of building more farming industries.
Dr Oyedele said such trainings had taken place across the country, like training on how to dry tomato seeds in Kano, Katsina and Nasarawa states, as well as training on how to plant pineapple in Delta, Imo and Abia states, among other trainings which is still going on.
Farming is a business today, and no longer a hobby as it was in the past. When we get things right, then we will make more money in the business, and that is what this training is for,” Dr Oyedele said, while appreciating the Federal Government for sponsoring the training.
One of the participants, Mr Idowu Idris, said when he heard about the training, he came all the way from Osun State to participate in the training .
Mr Idris said he planted plantain at the back of his compound and was surprised by what he got, “so I feel if I come for further training, I can turn it into a large-scale business,” he said.