FOOD SECURITY

MOUAU begins free Agricbusiness training for youths 

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MOUAU begins free Agricbusiness training for youths 

In a bid to assist youths obtain basic knowledge in Agricbusiness and boost food production, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, will next month commence free training for them

The free training which has been approved by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Maduebibisi Iwe is to be executed by the institution’s Agricbusiness Incubation Centre

The Director of the Centre, Dr Philips Nto announced this in a statement in Umuahia, saying the take off of the training was part of the activities marking  the third anniversary of the Vice Chancellor

Dr Nto noted that the Incubation Centre which was established under the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu through Federal ministry of agriculture and food security offers wide range of services to the Abia community all in a move to ensure food security

He said the centre will provide first class  capacity building  and training as an innovation hub in strategic areas of Agricbusines enterprises

According to him, the training will involve inducting the youths in the production of conventional confectionary from wheat and from indigenous root/ tuber crops

He said they would also be trained on the production of chips,high quality flours and fufu flours,starches and drinks from turmeric and sweets potatoes

The Director was optimistic that after the training, the beneficiaries would also be proficient in the production of drinks, juices,local beers, dried fruits and ja

Dr Nto urged youths from Abia and other neighbouring states to take advantage of the free training so as to be self sufficient in food production

Dr Nto disclosed that after the free training for individuals,  the Centre will expand its scope and  take in trainees from government and corporate organisation

He commended the Vice Chancellor, Prof Iwe for releasing the take off grant for the centre and his unquantified assistance to ensure that it succeeds in its core mandate.