Skills ac­qui­si­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion woos youths to agro en­ter­prise

Daily Trust - - LABOUR -

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Global Youths Skills Ac­qui­si­tion and Poverty Erad­i­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, is to give about N10 mil­lion and a sports util­ity ve­hi­cle to de­serv­ing youths as a way to at­tract them into the agri­cul­tural pro­gramme of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

It said apart from agri­cul­tural train­ing trips abroad, the youths would equally be pro­vided with lands for agri­cul­ture with 80 per­cent profit in­cen­tive as part of the ef­forts.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries, how­ever, have to emerge af­ter an agri­cul­ture con­test sched­uled to hold this year.

Speak­ing in Abuja, the ini­tia­tor, Ozegbe Chuks said that the pro­gramme could help build agribusi­ness plans that can be adopted by peo­ple in local com­mu­ni­ties as well as the gov­ern­ment to im­prove agri­cul­ture for vul­ner­a­ble groups.

He fur­ther said that the ini­tia­tive would cre­ate greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for women and fe­male youths to own prop­er­ties and en­gage in com­mer­cial agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the group with the vi­sion to pro­mote eco­nomic sta­bil­ity of youths would, in ad­di­tion, pro­vide mech­a­nised tools and im­proved seedlings up to a year for the win­ners.

He iden­ti­fied lack of com­pet­i­tive mar­ket for agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, lack of start-up cap­i­tal, in­ad­e­quate labour­sav­ing tech­nolo­gies as con­straints con­fronting youths in­volved in agri­cul­tural prac­tice.

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