If the challenges are well managed, secondary school students in Ondo state have purposed to feed the state through "farm to school."
Under the anchor programme, "Farm to School Africa", the students are poised to restore the lost heritage peculiar to Ondo state in the area of agriculture.
Jemimah Ibitokun, the Project Officer, Farm to School Africa, said that the platform seeks to set up farms in schools.
Ibitokun spoke at a sensitization conference for students, school administrators and agricultural science teachers in Akure.
She noted, "If we keep up very well and our challenges are well managed, we hope to have covered Ondo state in five years."
"Agric is no longer a poor man's job. We intend to set up farms in school. Come January 2018 we will select our pilot schools. We don't want to start using hoes and cutlasses."
On how this move would play down on the economy of the state, she explained, "the major goal is that each home, each community, spends less on food. When we produce food ourselves, money can be diversified into some other things."
Participating students were made to write essay on the role they want to play in developing farming, and prizes were presented to the representative of the schools.
Similoluwa Bakare of St. Louis Girls Grammer School Akure came first ahead of Olorunfemi Ogundipe of Aquinas College Akure and Ikepo Ogundahunsi of Christ the Redeemer International Secondary School Akure, who came second and third respectively.
The first position was presented laptop; the second position got mini laptop while the third went home with an android tablet.
Hand tractors which will be distributed to schools were also commissioned.