Notore Chemical Industries has announced the unveiling of its Green Schools initiative aimed at promoting agriculture as a business.
While unveiling the project in Adamawa State, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Notore Power and Infrastructure, Femi Solebo, said the company was partnering secondary schools across Nigeria on the Green Schools Initiative to establish demonstrations farms that would be used to teach students modern agricultural techniques and best practices.
The initiative, he said, aimed to ignite the interest of school students in agriculture and encourage them to pursue agriculture-related careers.
At the ceremony which was graced by Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, as well as her counterparts from Niger, Chad, Ghana and The Gambia, Solebo noted that agriculture remained the largest sector of the Nigerian economy and employed two-thirds of the labour force.
He maintained that Nigeria’s rapidly ageing active farming population was due for a baton-change.
“When the current farmers retire, Nigeria will face a major crisis in food production because, without a strategy, a new generation of sustainable farmers will not exist,” a statement quoted him as saying.
According to him, Notore’s introduction of the Green Schools initiative reflects its commitment to enhance the quality of life and a strong testament to its quest to be a significant contributor to the development of Africa.
Solebo added that the company also supported food security in Sierra Leone, Niger Republic and other West African countries.
Head of Notore’s Commercial Division, Tijjani St. James, said the Green Schools initiative would start off with 120 unity schools and top state-owned colleges across the country, adding that the company aimed to significantly increase the number of participating schools and include relevant non-governmental organisations and state governments.