The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained 100 youths in Kano State on sustainable agricultural development aimed at increasing food production.
The NDE State Coordinator, Alhaji Iliyasu Ahmed, said during the training in Kano on Wednesday, that the exercise was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce unemployment and poverty.
“As you know, the Federal Government has banned the importation of rice and other food product; therefore, the training of the youths will contribute to increasing our domestic production,” he said.
According to him, the training, with women in participation, focused on theoretical and practical aspects of modern farming, food production, poultry, animal patterning and gardening.
He added that the programme was one of the core programmes under the NDE’s Rural Employment Promotion Department.
Ahmed said the department was charged with designing schemes to combat mass unemployment in the area of agriculture and its value chain.
He said that such was aimed at putting into consideration the declining interest of youths in agriculture.
Ahmed explained that the training would also contribute to improving the incomes of the youth through agro-business engagements and promoting the adoption of improved technologies.
He revealed that at the end of the training, the participants would be giving some stipends and farming materials, and urged them to make proper use of the opportunity.
Some of the participants commended the federal government for the initiative to reduce unemployment among the youths in the country.
Buhari Abdullahi, a student of Bayero University, Kano, said the training would go a long way in supporting them to be independent, instead of waiting for white collar jobs.
He expressed hope that the programme would be sustained so that youths could depend less on government to provide employment for them.
Also speaking, Amina Rabilu, a student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, said the training would assist them to become less redundant.
She further called on wealthy individuals to also embark on such initiatives for the teaming youths in their communities, and not wait for only the government to do so.