Lagos State Government Hands Over Smart Farms to Schools, Encourages Students to Embrace Agriculture
On Friday in Lagos, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, handed over three smart farms to principals of senior secondary schools, urging students to embrace agriculture as a means of livelihood and income generation. The smart farms, which are part of the Lagos Agric Scholar Programme, include smart aquaponics, aquaculture, and poultry system units. The schools receiving the farms are Lagos City Senior College, Sabo, Yaba; Igbobi College, Yaba; and Omole Senior Grammar School, Ikeja. Olusanya emphasized the importance of agriculture and encouraged students to see it as a viable business. She said that agriculture plays a vital role in people’s lives, and countries such as Botswana, U.S., and China are rooted in agriculture. Olusanya added that agriculture is a profession where people are making huge money and urged the students to embrace it.The commissioner said that if food scarcity occurs, only those in the food space will have control of things. Therefore, the government is encouraging students to develop an interest in agriculture as a venture, and not only as a subject. The farms were set up to enable the students to see agriculture as a viable business. The project is a collaboration between the ministry, Agrisiti, and Corporate Farms from the private sector. The School Agricultural Project-Sys units are solar-powered modern, innovative integrated farm technologies for rearing aquaculture, hydroponics, and poultry. The government plans to replicate the project in over 300 secondary and primary schools in the state, with extension officers and their partners visiting the farms every month to demonstrate new technology to the students.Overall, the project aims to encourage students to embrace agriculture as a means of livelihood and income generation. The government hopes that the initiative will lead to a significant increase in agricultural production in Lagos State.