The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) says it has trained 160 persons in Osun on agric-chain business under its Development. and Empowerment Programme (ADEP).
Mrs Oluyomi Faniyan, Officer in charge of SMEDAN Agric-business Development and Extension, disclosed this on Thursday in Osogbo.
Faniyan said that participants at the five-day training which was conducted in December were equipped with requisite skills needed to transit to modern agriculture practices.
She said that trainees were also taught how to facilitate access to funding through Anchor Borrower Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Faniyan explained further that the ADEP was to encourage youths and women to embrace agric-business development.
“The training is aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship and vocational skills of potential and existing beneficiaries of agric-business development schemes.
“It is also to encourage the diversification of the economy away from crude oil, using agriculture to facilitate emergence of value-added products, with emphasis on quality control, packaging and branding,” Faniyan said.
In his remark, Mr Adebola Samuel, Osun SMEDAN Manager, said that ADEP trainees who were interested in the Agric-Business, Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) loan would also be assisted in applying for the fund.
He said 71 out of the trained participants were visited in their places of business to get first hand information on how they were conducting their businesses.
He, however, pointed out that the participants for the programme were selected by the Osun Government through the state Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security