Nigeria: Training youth to grow with hydroponics

Team Lead, Soilless Farm lab, Samson Ogbole, grows pesticide-free food. He is partnering MasterCard Foundation to raise 12,000 youths in technology-enabled vegetable production. Team Lead, Soilless Farm Lab, based in Owiwi, Abeokuta,  Ogun State, Samson Ogbole, is one of Nigeria‚Äôs hydroponic farmers.

Earlier, Ogbole used hydroponic technologies to grow yams using vine seedlings. He specializes in various hydroponically-grown lettuces and other vegetables that are pesticide- and herbicide-free. He said hydroponics is a profitable business as it helps investors to grow bigger, faster, and healthier plants.

Like other greenhouse operations, Ogbole trains people to grow vegetables and sells lettuce and other vegetables to restaurants and five-star hotels. Deploying hydroponics on a four-acre land, he believes, youths can make a living.

He has produced hydroponic kits for home/flat owners to grow vegetables. His success has earned him the endorsement of former President  Olusegun Obasanjo.

At the moment, Ogbole is partnering with the Master Card Foundation under the Enterprise for Youths in Agriculture (EYiA) to groom 12, 000 youths who will be trained to produce exportable leafy greens and berries, including lettuce, kale, spinach, and celery without soil.

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