As part of its commitment to the promotion of decent income generation and livelihood for Nigerian Youth, the Federal Government, through the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) has commenced the process of empowering 30,000 youths along area based priority value chains.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono disclosed this on Wednesday, 30th September, 2015, during a meeting he held with stakeholders in the Poultry Industry at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Arc. Echono stated that his ministry received about 34,000 applications from intending Nagropreneurs and Market Oriented Producers from 12 participating states including FCT. He said a total of 250 Nagropreneurs would be selected per state including FCT under the first phase of the programme.
The Permanent Secretary, explained that the validation and final selection of the young Nagropreneurs and Market Oriented producers would be done at state levels in collaboration with his ministry’s State Directors, training would also be conducted for the beneficiaries at different credible Agricultural and Research Institutions, Universities and other Vocational training Institutions across Nigeria.
Arc. Echono listed the participating states to include Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kastina, Lagos, Niger, Ogun and the FCT.
The beneficiaries, according to the Permanent Secretary would be trained in different value chains namely: Rice, Aquaculture, Poultry, Maize, Tomato, Wheat, Sorghum, Apiculture, Soya bean, Cassava, Groundnut, Oil Palm, Snailry, Grass cutter and multiple value chains like welding and fabrication, repair and maintenance.
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