Discussants at the Agrolearn launch on Friday in Lagos

Agro firm unveils learning platform to boost food security

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By Mercy Omoike

Agrolearn, an agric education group, has launched a learning platform to boost food security in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agrolearn is a transformative platform set to revolutionise agricultural education and create new opportunities for agripreneurs.

The Founder and Brand lead of Agrolearn, Ms Tolulope Aina, said at the launch on Friday in Lagos that the platform was birthed to change the narrative of agriculture practice and increase food security in the country.

“Agrolearn was birthed from my experience as a graduate of agriculture.

“We have realised that one major challenge with agriculture is the lack of adequate access to the right information.

“Agrolearn is a brand that focuses on creating sustainable businesses and opportunities for anybody to thrive in the agricultural sector.

“We are doing this by making available quality courses which are created by experts from all over the world.

“Agrolearn is the solution that ensures that we bring global experts together to educate agriprenuers and farmers in boosting food security,” Aina said.

She added that the platform offers self-paced learning for students and agriprenuers to ensure quality and right access to information in any agriculture activity.

Aina said that access to the platform is affordable and at a discounted price for first month of its operation.

“Agrolearn offers not just adequate information but internship opportunities and hands on experience in agricultural practices.

“Eventually, we hope that with support from governments and development organisations we can also look for opportunities to provide access to funding for those interested to be in the agric space.

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“So, no matter your financial situation, you can actually access courses on our platform free or 50 per cent discounted for the next one month.

“We also hope that with the support of the government, we can see how we can make the platform accessible to a wider range of people who afford to pay,” she said.

Aina noted that the company’s goal was to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to succeed in the agricultural sector while driving sustainable development and socioeconomic growth.

On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Olatokunbo Emokpae, represented by Mr Emmanuel Audu, commended the initiative and assured of the ministry’s support.

“At this moment, the ministry is very interested in innovation within the agric space that will scale up food production, create jobs and improve livelihoods for rural folks.

“I am delighted to be in your midst on this occasion marking the launch of Agrolearn platform, which is aimed at equipping African agrarians with skills required to drive economic growth and food security.

“We cannot afford to practise agriculture as it used to be. We cannot practise rudimentary agriculture with attendant drudgery as this will not open the space for youth participation which is urgently needed in the space.

“So, I believe that this event is very apt as a skill development and capacity building platform for our teeming youths and women. It will accelerate inclusiveness in the agribusiness .

“Therefore, we congratulate the organisers of this event for this laudable initiative which the ministry believes will go a long way in promoting and developing agribusinesses in the state,” Emokpae said.

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Also speaking, Mrs Remi George-Ashiru, representative of the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, Engr. Ibilola Kasunmu, commended the efforts of the company in bringing technology to agriculture.

“The vision of the ministry is to make Lagos State a model for application of technology for solving problems and making impacts in human endeavours.

“Technology would improve our agric business; there are so much opportunities in the agriculture sector and technology will make it a little bit better.

“The ministry is here to encourage the Agrolearn launch and will be willing to support the initiative subject to the government’s approval.

“So, we are pleased to be able to collaborate with Agrolearn and we hope to take things to another level. We want to congratulate you for a job well done,” Kasunmu said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

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