I am Adeyemi Deborah Adeola, a 400level student of Crop Production and Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, LAUTECH. I’m a also a fashion entrepreneur.
I’m currently undergoing my industrial training at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Tree Crops Project department at Abeere Secretariat, Osogbo.
How did you get there, and what works do you do? Was it easy getting placement there? Suggest other places where people in your department can train.
I got the placement through application into the Secretariat via a family friend.
I work at the tree crops project department. It is a project department on tree crops (majorly on cocoa) by the government. Getting placement there is easy since payment is not attached and it’s a government-owned institute.
You can undergo your IT at IITA, IAR&T, CRIN, and NIHORT amoung other places. Whatever your choice is, it’s ok.
For me, I’ve always had the intention to train at IITA or the Ministry of Agriculture, since 200 level. However, I wasn’t given a chance at IITA due to the short period I’ll be spending there.
What was the first shock you experienced at your work place?
The first shock was that I did not know the government had a program for cocoa farmers, I was so surprised getting to know that there is a cocoa project program for cocoa farmers.
What is the most interesting thing about your place of work?
It’s an interesting place because everyone is always at work, even the director of the department. We all go to the field together to work and they often ask questions and sometimes lecture us.
What are the challenges you face every day since you started your IT?
I don’t have any challenge because it has been a conducive place. It is just 20 minutes ride to my house. If it wasn’t convenient for me, I would have found a better option for myself because I hate stress.
What have you learned other than things related to academics?
I have not been taught this much about cocoa in my 4 years in LAUTECH. I have learnt more about cocoa plantation. I think will be going into cocoa farming in 3 to 4 years to come.
From your brief experience, which is easier? Work or School?
Both go hand in hand, because the theory aspect taught in school applies to the practical aspect just that IT gives more experience.
Has your IT program contributed to your academic and personal life?
Yes, it has helped me academically. I find myself stuck searching for more information about cocoa plantations to date.
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It’s like I’m a brilliant I.T student for here o. Questions on nursery practices are being answered well by me 🤣. I got to meet with the Commissioner for Agriculture in Osun State. I sometimes prefer the sitting down all day routine though. I’m enjoying my stay here in Osogbo because it is a cool place to be.
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