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ARMTI Train Sorghum Farmers in Kwara, Oyo States

Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) has organized a four-day training program for 200 selected farmers from Kwara and Oyo states as part of its ongoing interventions in the rural communities for grassroots farmers on value chain development and agribusiness through its Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI).

Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) has organized a four-day training program for 200 selected farmers from Kwara and Oyo states as part of its ongoing interventions in the rural communities for grassroots farmers on value chain development and agribusiness through its Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI).

ARMTI Executive Director, Dr. Olufemi Oladunni, during his opening speech, disclosed that the institute is ready to equip farmers with requisite skills and empowerment to ensure optimal utilization and maximization of their individual agricultural enterprises.

The Village Alive Development Initiative (VADI), firstly took off in 1995 as Village Alive Women Association (VAWA) but became inactive due to funding and was resuscitated in 2011 to include men, women and youth.

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ARMTI Management initiated the project to strengthen training programs of the institute for the creation of village level opportunities to stimulate and improve the management skills among rural dwellers for poverty alleviation.

The director explained that VADI as an initiative of the institute has been helping rural farmers with continuous and periodic training to enable them upscale the magnitude of their agricultural enterprise and transform them from being just peasant farmers to agribusiness entrepreneurs.

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He assured that if beneficiaries put the training into practice, losses that occur in crop value chains will be minimal, adding that the training will allow beneficiaries to have in-depth knowledge on the harvest and post-harvest management of sorghum which includes the processing and marketing skills.

Peter Toki, the coordinator for ARMTI VADI on his own said that the training is tailored to strategically address the gaps in agricultural produce as well as to the spaces in the agribusiness value chain in the sorghum harvest and post-harvest.

 

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