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Over Six Hundred Youth From Twelve States Nationwide Benefitted From Agricultural Scheme – NDE

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By: Chris Nyamtu

Over Six hundred youths drawn from twelve states across the country have benefitted from the National Directorate of Employment NDE Agricultural Scheme.

At the orientation ceremony for the beneficiaries in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital, Director General National Directorate of Employment Mallam Abubakar Fikpo stated that the programme was in furtherance to President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda through food sufficiency.

The beneficiaries of the scheme advocated the establishment of a Youth in Agriculture Trust Fund to reduce the high rate of unemployment and insecurity in the country.

The beneficiaries of the National Directorate of Employment Community Based Agricultural Empowerment Scheme are mostly small-scale fish and poultry farmers and as well as crop production.

Director-General National Directorate of Employment Mallam Abubakar Fikpo disclosed that the federal government was shifting more attention to harnessing resources in the rural communities for development and job opportunities.

The Director General represented by the Nasarawa State Coordinator of the National Directorate of Employment Mr Christopher Bamsida pointed out that the beneficiaries had been trained in the agricultural value chains including production, storage, processing, and technological-driven skills.

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Umar Dan’akano remarked that the state government would continue to provide the needed resources to enhance food production.

Some of the beneficiaries Mr Tsaku Usman and Miss Zuwaira Mohammed who expressed happiness Said the gesture had spurred them to be more committed to crop production

The beneficiaries however appealed to the federal government to create an Agricultural Youth Trust Fund to engage more unemployed young men and women in crop production.

Highpoint of the orientation was the disbursement of fifty thousand Naira start-up loans to each of the fifty-five beneficiaries from Nasarawa State.

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