The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasarawa State, has commenced the training of 100 youths on modern techniques of crop and livestock production.
This, the agency said was to improve agricultural yields for more profitable farm income and food sufficiency in the country.
Alhaji Dauda Idris -Wase, the state coordinator of the agency, made this known on the occasion of an orientation exercise for 100 new participants of NDE Sustainable Agriculture Development Training Scheme (SADTS) in Lafia on Wednesday.
Idris-Wase said that the programme was organised to educate the new beneficiaries of SADTS on the modern techniques of crop and livestock production.
He said that SADTS was a three-month training programme on modern techniques of crop and livestock production.
According to him, this orientation programme is organised to guide and sensitise the benefiting 100 youths, 50 in Wamba LGA and 50 in Lafia LGA, to be conversant with the activities of NDE as an agency.
This he said, was inclusive of the conditions and availability of its programmes, loans and other facilities and how to access and utilise them.
“It will also educate the participants on the code of conduct, the dos and don’ts while on the training and any other relevant information that is necessary for a successful realisation of the desired goals through general counseling.
“It is one of the NDE’s modest contributions and channels for creating job opportunities for jobless Nigerians.
“It is designed to improve agricultural yields for more profitable farm income and food sufficiency for the country and at the same time provide employment and economic independence for enhanced quality of life for farming families and communities.
“The scheme is implemented in two phases. The first phase is a two-week intensive theory class for the beneficiaries and the second is the establishment and maintenance of two model demonstration farms.
“One for crop production or market gardening and the second for livestock production or poultry farm in the remaining training period,” he said.
He called on all the participants to give all the necessary cooperation, attention and seriousness the training programme deserved in their interest and for the overall development of the state and the country at large.
The state coordinator also called for partnership with the state Government, Local Government Councils, affluent individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) for job creation.
Also speaking, Dr Yahaya Maikeffi, the Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia and chairman of the occasion, commended the NDE for being up and doing in training Nigerian youths to be self-reliant.
Maikeffi was represented by the College’s Director of Consultancy Service, Dr Vincent Aya, also urged the beneficiaries to be serious with the training in order to justify its costs.
Responding, Kure Ibrahim and Mrs Ebere Obonna, beneficiaries,who spoke on behalf of others thanked the NDE for the gesture and promised to take the training with all seriousness.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ifeyinwa Omowole
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