IAR&T Trains Young Farmers’ Club in Adopted schools on Production and Utilization of Improved Maize Varieties.

The Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) in adopted Secondary Schools in Ibadan, Oyo State were trained in Maize production and utilization today the 11th of June, 2019. The training which was organized by the South West Farming Systems Research and Extension Programme was held at the Prof. EA Adebowale Training Hall, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Moor Plantation, Ibadan focused on all aspect of Maize cultivation, processing and utilization. The attendees were Young Farmers’ Club members from;
1. United Secondary Schools Omi Adio, Ibadan, Nigeria.
2. Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) Grammar School, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria and
3. United Secondary Schools, Ijokodo, Ibadan, Nigeria.
The programme commenced with a brief opening ceremony which was chaired by the Executive Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Prof. V.A. Obatolu ably represented by Prof. A.J. Omole at 10.18am and was followed by group photographs. The representative of the Director in his speech encouraged the students to be good role models in agriculture. The Technical Session featured Introduction to the Training by the Head of Programme, Dr Mrs B.O. Lawal, Agronomic practices in Maize production by Prof. Mrs O.T. Ayoola, Maize varieties and handling by Dr J.O. Olasoji and Processing and Utilization of maize grains by Dr Mrs S. Fasoyiro. The technical sessions were followed by practical at both the maize field and processing laboratory of the Institute. The students were taught how to make several products from maize including maize flour, soycorn milk, ‘abari’, chin-chin and others. These products were eventually presented to the participants at the wrap up session.
The workshop also featured presentation of maize production package and farm kits to the YFC of the participating Schools by the Training coordinator, Dr Mrs B.O. Lawal. These materials include among others, maize seeds, wheel barrow, cutlasses, hoes, nose guards, watering cans, fertilizers, insecticides, farm boots. The training workshop came to an end with positive response from the participants as well as their Teachers and the vote of thanks was rendered by Dr Mrs O.I. Akintayo. Closing Prayer was said by Dr T.O. Dauda who also doubled as the director of programme.
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