It was an eye opener for the Members of the Sustainable Farmers Association under the Rural Development Programmes Department of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of Osogbo (JDPMC) as 2019 Institution Learning Visit was paid to the Leventis Foundation Nigeria, in Ilesa, Osun State.
The Institution learning visit, which cut across all the Members of the Sustainable Farmers Association in the thirteen Local Governments of Osun state, exposed the participants to the innovative Skills and latest Best Practices in the Agricultural Sector and workable models of market profitability of their farm produces.
According to the Programme Supervisor of the Rural Development Programmes Programme (RUDEP) of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Mrs.Onaolapo Morenike “this is an encompassing programme which aimed at strengthening the target Farmers, especially the youth across various areas of specializations in the Agricultural sector in order to acquire certified knowledge and required skills in relation to the global standard that are capable of bringing ingenuity to a fore in farmers produce.
Before arriving at this idea, the need of the farmers across the coverage areas in Osun state has firstly been identified and this was what led us to the Leventis Foundation today. Of course, it will not end here as field assessment will be carried out on regular basis so as to measure the impacts that the learning visit has brought to the Lives of our Farmers in relation to yield, income and livelihood enhancement. This is part of our goals.”
In their separate remarks, the programme Officers, Mr. James Fasola, Mr. Charles Fashina and Mrs. Veronica Olaoye expressed optimism that the singular effort is capable of increasing the standard living of the farmers and rural dwellers in the Osun state. It was added that; the experience gained through the visit, if well utilized could be boost economic fortunes and Gross Domestic Products of the country.
While speaking on behalf of other farmers, the President of the Sustainable Farmers Association in the South West, Chief Peter Adeyemi commended Rural Development Programmes Department of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre for always sourcing a better means of enhancing mass food production in the State of Osun. He therefore promised on behalf of the participants to extend experience gained to other farmers in various rural communities around them.