THE Federal Government has assured that the flag-off of the first graduate farmers’ scheme will boost food production and provide job opportunities for youths.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, inaugurated the empowerment scheme in crop production and fish farming at the Kampe Irrigation Scheme, Ejiba, Kogi State, at the weekend.
He said the scheme would be driven by the water ministry with collaboration from the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) across the country, adding that this would be modeled after Songhai Farm Nigeria Ltd.
He explained that the scheme, which would be continued in batches of 50 and extended to all 109 senatorial districts of the country, would create jobs for over 5,450 Nigerians.
Adamu expressed the FG’s commitment to the successful implementation of the scheme across the country through the RBDAs as it would promote sustainable water resources and irrigated agricultural development which will ensure a national food security, employment generation and others.
He said :“As a way of facilitating the smooth take off of the scheme, Government intends to assist the RBDAs to procure new equipment of the scheme”.