Nigeria to launch N59.7 billion Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme

Rice Farmers
Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria
Rice Farmers
Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

The Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Nteranya Sanginga, on Sunday said the Federal Government would launch N59.7 billion Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme in September.

Mr. Sanginga, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, said the scheme would be sponsored by the federal government and the African Development Bank, AFDB.

The director-general said IITA would train those enrolled in the scheme, adding that beneficiaries would be trained on how to make agriculture a business with good networking.

“The programme tagged “Enable Youth Empowerment Agribusiness programme, will engage youths in agribusiness for 18 months to enable them learn how to make agric business plan.

“Each will be given between 25,000 US Dollars and 300,000 US Dollars as loan to start a business.

“The programme started by IITA in 2012, was taken over by the federal government and AFDB to create employment in agric sector.

“To support this objective, the programme will be extended to 36 states and Abuja in September.

“After the programme, we expect the youth to become chief executive officers of factories, companies and creators of jobs rather than job seekers,” he said.

Mr. Sanginga urged the youth to develop positive mindset in agriculture and take good advantage of the programme.

“They should be serious with the training because at the end of it only those who did well will be rewarded,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • NoSpinEd

    Kudos to you Mr. Sanginga. This is one of the practical ways out of our joblessness malaise. I am particularly impressed with the following forward-looking statement:“After the programme, we expect the youth to become chief executive officers of factories, companies and creators of jobs rather than job seekers,”

    • Otile

      Until you grab the laps of a woman with your own hands don’t praise your dick. You hear?

    • Tony Ani

      We want action, not propaganda.

  • JasV

    But how can you spend 18 months to learn “how to make agric business plan”?

    • share Idea

      Have not realised that APC government is government of deceit, the gullible will take it bank as the promised 5K stipend thus, giving Mr Clueless some ammunition to continue his main administrative policy – propaganda and lying. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Anacra

    Launching N59.7 billion Youth In Agriculture Scheme by Federal government is a excellent step to improve agriculture. Surely it develops the positive mindset of agriculture among the Young generations. Its really a great Move.

    Anacra, Bizbilla.

  • ukoette ibekwe

    We have had all these populist agric programs in the past and where did they end. In government officials pockets. And this is not going to be an exception. White elephant program.