On Monday, 31st August 2020, the farm mangers were welcomed to the IDIPR Eriwe Farm Village by the General Manager of IDIPR, Mr. Marcus Adeniyi, for the second stage of their training which was personally supervised by IDIPR Chairman of Training Committee, Professor Abeke Adesanya. Professor Adesanya is also Vice Chairman of the IDIPR Board of Trustees and a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye. She and the other trainers took the participants through the fundamentals of Agribusiness as a community enterprise with the IDIPR as a highly successful, internationally acclaimed case study. For the rest of the week, the various subject matter experts tutored them on the rearing of pigs, poultry and fish farming. Mr. OgoOluwa Ebidinana lectured on Piggery, Mrs. Bisi Badejo on Fish Farming and Mr. Rasheed Adeyemi on Poultry.
The Trainee Farm Managers project exceeded our expectations. The thirteen participants who finished the intensive training in piggery, poultry, fish farming, snail rearing and vegetable production were mostly youths but there were only three women, one of whom, interestingly turned out the best all-round farmer, acknowledged by both her peers and the trainers. In her report, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunleye expressed her deep sense of gratitude to the foundation (YKLTF) “for this laudable exercise targeted at food sustainability and empowerment of the Yoruba nation… Indeed, it was an undeserved privilege to be a pioneer farm manager for YKLTF personally, I will continue to feel indebted to the foundation.” The other lady, Mrs. Oludayo Akin-Taiwo, also enthused, “ From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the opportunity given me to participate in this training project. God Almighty really used your ‘GOOD’ team with laudable vision to actualize my long over-due dream of an arable/livestock farmer.” This has strengthened our resolve to scout for more women, especially graduates, widows and single mothers in our next training cohort.
We allocated free plots of land at LEKRIS to three of the Managers, but sadly they were not able to use the land due to a mixture of lack of resources and difficult logistics from their towns of residence to Ijebu Ode.
However the Beekeepers on their own did a follow-up one-day workshop on secondary products from the beehive during which they produced candles, body cream, lip balm and hair cream from beeswax and essential oils.
We are eager for partnerships and support to enable us train more youths and women in organic and mixed farming and have available 40 hectares of farmland granted by the Fashoro Family in Adegbola Village, Isenyin, Oyo State and 10 hectares of farmland in Ijebu Igbo, donated by Senator Adegbenga Kaka, which will be allocated to future trainees.