FCT To Tackle Youth Unemployment Through Agriculture
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has disclosed its concluded plans to tackle youth unemployment through agricultural schemes in the region in 2018.
This plan was made known by the Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Stanley Nzekwe, in Abuja.
According to him, the administration would partner with the six FCT Area Councils to ensure that the youths across the FCT are enlisted into the selected agricultural value chains.
Nzekwe stated further that the secretariat had revamped some of the agricultural programmes such as the Agriculture Development Programme (ADP) to provide extension services across all agricultural value chains.
He added that the action “is to help them key into the various Federal Government programmes, to ensure their successful implementation in the FCT.”
“One of such programmes is the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme. We have indicated our interest to be part of the scheme, which will take effect in 2018. It is coordinated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and aims at creating 10,000 jobs for youths in the Area Councils.”
According to him, the agricultural secretariat would also work with relevant stakeholders to ensure the actualisation of the scheme in record time.
He said: “Our mandate in the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat is tied to the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) of the Federal Government. This is predicated on working with key stakeholders to build an agri-business economy capable of delivering sustained prosperity by meeting domestic food security, generating exports and supporting sustainable income and job growth.”
He hinted that the secretariat had partnered Leventis Foundation on agricultural training for some youths in the FCT, which has produced agriprenuers that have set up their farms and other agro-allied companies.
He further stated that the programme ensured that good agricultural practices are been disseminated and adopted in order to enable small farmers increase their yields and income.