The Lagos State Government on Tuesday asked secondary school pupils in the state to grow into a more productive agricultural labour force as adults .
The Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya , said this would solve the problem of unemployment and help in the replacement of ageing farmers.
Olusanya spoke in Lagos at the School Quiz Competition organised as part of activities marking the Y 2020 World Food Day Celebration in Lagos State .
She noted that the competition was aimed at stimulating the pupils ’ interest in agriculture.
“ I am sure that all the students here are aware of the huge potentials that exist in Nigeria’ s agricultural sector and the strategic position of the various stakeholders within the various agricultural value chains.
“ Thus , the Ministry of Agriculture , through programmes such as this , intends to encourage the students to grow into a more productive agricultural labour force as adults thereby solving , to a reasonable extent , the problem of unemployment and vacuums being created by the ageing farmers, as well as mitigating the possible effects of global food crisis ,” Olusanya said .