LASG Donates Smart Farms To Schools, Charges Students To See Agriculture As Viable Business

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The Lagos State Government has handed over three smart farms to principals of three senior secondary schools on Friday in the state.

FARMERS VOICE NG gathered that the farms are smart aquaponics, aquaculture and poultry system units with hardware components under the Lagos Agric Scholar Programme.

The schools that benefited from the programme are Lagos City Senior College, Sabo, Yaba; Igbobi College, Yaba and Omole Senior Grammar School, Ikeja.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, while handing over the smart farms to principals of the three schools, advised secondary students in the state to see agriculture as a means of livelihood and for revenue generation but not as an archaic profession.

Olusanya revealed to the student that agriculture plays a vital role in their lives noting irrespective of what they wished to become in future they must eat because without food they could not achieve their goals.

“As an engineer, a doctor, aeronautic engineer or neurosurgeon, whatever it is you want to become, you must eat” she said.

Olusanya, however, said that the project was instigated to encourage students to develop interest in agriculture as a viable business and not only as a subject.

She noted that the project was in collaboration with 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” Abisola revealed.

Olusanya announced that the government would reproduce the project in over 300 secondary schools and primary schools in the state.

She said that extension officers and their partners would visit the farms every month to demonstrate new technology to the students.

Mr Oyewole Akintohude, a representative of Agrisiti, said that the aquaculture consist of two fish ponds with 400 fingerlings, while the poultry was stocked with 60 birds and hydroponics.

On his part, the Founder of Corporate Farmer, Mr Akin Alabi, said a comic book was created for students in 2020 on red meat value chain and rice, to educate them on the projects of the government and agric in general.

The Principal of Igbobi College, Yaba, Mr Adedotun commended the state government for choosing the school as one of those to benefit from the laudable project. Noting that the project was coming at a better time to train the students in practical agriculture.

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