By Sidi A. Umar
At least 390 unemployed Nigerian graduates would be trained under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) N-Agripreneurs
business plan initiative, the Programme National Coordinator, Alhaji Lawal Ida, has disclosed.
Ida made the disclosure yesterday while delivering his opening remarks at the 6th Day Training of N-Agripreneurs on Business Plan for 126 youths drawn from Sokoto and Kebbi states in Sokoto.
Ida, who was represented by N-Agribusiness Specialist Officer of the Fund, Mr. Achem Bello, said the pilot program had since begun across the seven IFAD intervention states in the northern part of the country.
He said: “The programme is aimed at addressing food security and unemployment among young men and women across the seven states that comprised Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
“As such, 390 participants were drawn across the states to be train and supported under the IFAD Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) in the country.
“Moreover, 126 young men and female were selected from this axis to participate in the training with 72 from Sokoto and 54 from Kebbi state and each will be supported with capital and equipment ranging from N 500,000 to N 1.5 million to enhance agricultural shows in the country.”
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari Tambuwal, commended IFAD and President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting youth and initiate projects that enabled rural poor people to overcome poverty.
Earlier, in their separate remarks, the state programme officers of Sokoto and Kebbi, Alhaji Aminu Dogon-Daji and Mr. Joel Aiki, respectively, congratulated the participants for being chosen to participate in the programme.