Kaduna trains 2,265 youths for post-Covid-19 agric programme
Kaduna State Government has trained 2,265 youths who are to benefit from an African Union Development Agency-sponsored post-Covid-19 agriculture programme.
The project tagged; ‘Innovative Strengthening of Small Holder Farmers Capabilities and Land Restoration Amid Covid-19’ is to be implemented in 21 Nigerian states for 10 years.
Speaking at the training, Director Agric Services, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, Kasimu Ya’u said, the project which targets six value chains of; maize, rice, soya beans, ginger and fishery and poultry, is aimed at mitigating food crisis in Kaduna and Nigeria in general.
Ya’u explained that the youths selected from the 23 local government areas of the state, will be given some package of what they have been trained upon after the training.
“The participants are 2,265 young farmers selected according to their local government and they are been given some training before this one that is in their local places where they belong to, so after that one there is a step-down training ,” Ya’u said.
“The program will last for 10 years. So, what we expect from these youths is that, they should be self-employed and even employ other youths that are not opportune to be here.
“After the training, they will be given starter packs and cash. For example, those that are into poultry, will be given 150 birds either broilers or layers depending on the choice of the farmer and those for rice, maize, ginger will be given one hectare package respectively.”
Speaking on security threats to farmers in the state, the Agricultural Services Director said, security has improved across the rural farming communities of the state, as the numbers of hectares cultivated this year is a great improvement over the previous farming season.
He however assured that, measures have been put in place to ensure that, the beneficiaries make judicious use of the training and the starter packs to be given to them. One of such measures is what he described as use of participants’ Village Heads as their guarantors.
Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Bagudu Nathaniel said, the overall aim of the program is to improve food sufficiency, and nutritional value and grow the gross domestic product of the state and country at large.
While urging the youth to comply and take advantage of the training to impact their lives, Nathaniel said, with the innovative strategies and new technics the farmers will be equipped as smallholder farmers to boost their production.