The Kaduna State government has flagged off the national school agriculture program in three government secondary schools in the state.
The programme is aimed at training students on essentials of mechanized farming at secondary school level.
Speaking at the launch of the programme,which took place at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna on Thursday, the state governor, Ramalan Yero, emphasized the need for students to engage in agricultural practices and methods so they can also rely on the skills even after school.
He assured that the present administration in Kaduna State would do all that is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the program while pledging to extend the program to schools across the state.
“Agriculture is a gold mine that needs to be tapped in; therefore it is imperative to encourage the young ones to develop interest in the sector,” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on school agricultural program, Baraka Sani, who was a special guest at the launch said the program was aimed at catching them young to key into exploring the opportunities in agricultural sector.
“The program is divided into different segment which includes learning, partnership, monitoring and evaluation” he said.
Mr. Baraka commended Governor Yero for his commitment to transform Kaduna state through initiation of various program in the agricultural sector.
The three schools chosen for the kick off of the progamme include Government Secondary School, Zuntu, Government Secondary School, Zangon Aya and Government Girls Secondary School, Zonkwa.