The Federal Government has commenced the training of 50 persons in agricultural development skills aimed at lifting Nigerians out of poverty.
Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu- Fikpo, said this while inaugurating the Directorate’s 2021 Post Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (Post- SADTS) in Owerri on Monday.
Represented at the event by the Imo NDE coordinator, Mrs Ngozi Ihenacho, the DG said that the scheme would enhance beneficiaries capacity with knowledge of modern agricultural policies.
He added that the trainees would be empowered to establish, grow and expand agricultural enterprises of their choice on a sustainable basis and provide linkages to sources of funding for their respective enterprises.
According to him, the programme was aimed at providing more food, creating employment, reducing poverty and enhancing the quality of life for farmers and society in general.
He said: “50 Participants in this one-week training have been drawn from among graduates of SADTS and the Directorate’s department of Rural Employment Promotion (REP) who desire to expand their agro enterprises.”
The DG said that the 50 Participants will be trained on agricultural intervention policies, livestock production, digital marketing of agricultural products as well as fish processing, packaging and marketing,” he said.
The Director of the Rural Employment Promotion department, Mr Michael Mbata, urged participants to pay attention to the lectures so as to derive optimal benefits.
Mbata who was represented by Miss Harris Okolie, a staff of the department called on youths to embrace agriculture as a means of eradicating poverty in the country.
Reacting to the training, a trainee, Mr Bernard Iwuagwu from Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area thanked the NDE for the initiative and promised to put the acquired skills to their best use.
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