Govt’ tasks Kaduna youth on hunger erad­i­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

From Dick­son S. Adama, Kaduna he Kaduna State Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari has called on youth to in­ten­sify their ef­forts in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion to erad­i­cate hunger, say­ing Nige­ria will have no fu­ture with­out a ro­bust sec­tor.

Speak­ing in Kaduna at a rally or­gan­ised by the Arewa Young Farm­ers Ini­tia­tive (AYFI) to com­mem­o­rate the World Food Day, the Com­mis­sioner said he is al­ways happy to see young peo­ple in the state pick­ing in­ter­est in farm­ing and go­ing all the way to make it a pro­fes­sion.

“I urge youth to be pro­duc­tive and to in­ten­sify their ef­forts in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion in or­der to erad­i­cate hunger. In truth, Nige­ria will have no fu­ture with­out de­vel­op­ing its agri­cul­tural sec­tor. When they take farm­ing as

Ta pro­fes­sion, it gives us hope about agri­cul­ture in this coun­try as our farm­ers now are aging.” He said gov­ern­ment has good plans to boost agri­cul­ture, in­clud­ing plans to train youth on dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in or­der to bring hunger to the barest min­i­mum.

The AYFI Chair­man, Com­rade Su­laiman Sal­isu said agri­cul­ture was Nige­ria’s ma­jor source of in­come be­fore the oil boom, stress­ing that it has the ca­pac­ity of pro­vid­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties to over 70 per cent of youth.

He noted that 60 per cent of cul­tivable land area in Nige­ria is yet to be uti­lized, but that this ad­min­is­tra­tion has shown signs of giv­ing pri­or­ity to agri­cul­ture.

Sal­isu said Gover­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai has de­clared a spe­cial pack­age for peo­ple will­ing to em­brace agri­cul­ture as a means of sur­vival and as a means of wealth cre­ation.

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