The training and empowerment facilitated by a legislator representing Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai was specifically organised for youths and women from the three Local Government Areas Ukwani, Ndokwa West, and Udokwa East constituting his constituency.
The three-day programme held in Kwale, Ndokwa West local government in collaboration with the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, Oyo State was aimed at giving the dividence of democracy through an entrepreneurial skills in cultivation of Ginger and Mushroom, and processing of the produce into various products and value addition of the two agro commodities.
The training and empowerment were in three batches, each batch for each local government of the Federal constituency. At the second batch of the training involving the Ndokwa East local government, 45 youths and women trainees participated.
Executive Director, NIHORT, Dr. Abayomi Akeem Olaniyan explained the choice of the two crops as money spinning, easy to produce and marketable, mushroom and ginger cultivation and processing could create jobs and earn foreign exchange”.
He said the Nigerian ginger is a spice of the best quality in the world, hence highly sought after and highlighted the nutritional and medicinal values of ginger and mushroom.
Representative of the sponsor Ossai, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor, Hon. Ashibogwu Nze Kingsley reiterated the fact that the empowerment was not the first time the legislator will be empowering his people, as he believes in making responsible leadership of his followers through empowering them to orientate their lives economically to stay out of poverty.
The trainees were exposed to production techniques of mushroom and ginger, post harvest handlings, processing, utilisations, packaging Marketing. Book-keeping and accounts for business management.
Two of the participants, Mr. Chibeize and Miss Faith both unemployed graduate youths hoped to start a cottage processing after the training.
The participants were empowered with Starter Packs to take off after their training.