The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to encourage women and youths participation in agriculture in a bid to tackle unemployment and improving on the Nigerian economy.
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Shehuri, stated this during a presentation of cash gifts and farm inputs to beneficiaries in Funtua, Katsina State.
Shehuri, noted that Nigeria in previous years spent about one trillion Naira yearly on food importation but the present administration has resolved to harness the rich human resources that abound in the country.
He pointed out that the drive of the government to restore agriculture, was crucial in boosting the economy of the country, discourage food importation and consequently, tackle unemployment by engaging the youth.
According to him, the nation’s inability to feed its people subverts its corporate existence, hence, the need to create opportunities to tackle the daunting unemployment rate in the country.
Speaking at the event, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in his speech delivered by Ado Doguwa Kano, lauded the efforts of Muntari Muhammad and urged the youths and women involved to seize this opportunity.
The items which were donated by Muntari Mohammad, Chairman House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Representing Funtua/ Dandume Federal constituency, for SMEs in the community included 140 motorcycles, 50 sewing machines, 1200 bags of fertilisers, and 600 bags of grain for the youths, women, widows and affected families.