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    FG Empowers Lagos Farmers with Yam Processing Machines

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS) has empowered women and youths with yam processing machines in Lagos as part of the ‘Emergency Empowerment of Youth and Women on Yam Processing, Packaging, Value Addition, and Utilization in the South-East, South-South, and South-West regions.

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS) has empowered women and youths with yam processing machines in Lagos as part of the ‘Emergency Empowerment of Youth and Women on Yam Processing, Packaging, Value Addition, and Utilization in the South-East, South-South, and South-West regions.

    Lagos State Coordinator for FMAFS, Omolara Oguntuyi, while handing over the machinery to the beneficiaries at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority office in Oko Oba Agege, noted that the intervention was meant to assist yam farmers in processing yam into yam flour and poundo yam.

    Oguntuyi pointed out that the exercise is a follow-up to training conducted for farmers on yam processing some months ago, adding that the beneficiaries were selected during the training based on their participation and interest in yam processing by the facilitators.

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    “It is not just anybody that you can give the machine to; it must be people that will know how to use it and have passion for it.

    The Data Processing Officer of the Ministry, Adebowale Rotimi, expressed his joy over the level of seriousness from beneficiaries, noting that he’s confident that they will put the machinery to good use to ensure food security in the country under the present administration.

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    Also speaking was the Program Manager, Lagos State Agric Development Authority, Kosoko Tawakaltu, who disclosed that the training was done in each state on crops they have a comparative advantage on and that yam, cassava, and maize were what were done in Lagos.

    One of the beneficiaries, Taiwo Adenike, appreciated the federal government for the initiative, stating that after the training she immediately started processing on a small scale but that with the machinery, she would do more.

     

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