NDE trains 400 youths on agri­cul­tural skills

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

The Na­tional Di­rec­torate of Em­ploy­ment (NDE) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with C. Hassan Con­sul­tancy Ltd. has com­menced a re­fresher train­ing of 400 un­em­ployed youths in Kaduna state on agri­cul­tural skills for gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

The train­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of NDE, Dr. Nasiru M. Ladan is to im­part on the trainees, skills such as crop pro­duc­tion, live­stock farm­ing, pro­cess­ing, pack­ag­ing, mar­ket­ing along its value chain as well as ba­sic agripreneu­ral man­age­ment.

In his key­note ad­dress at the flag-off ex­er­cise, Ladan stated that the agri­cul­tural sec­tor has a vast win­dow of op­por­tu­ni­ties along its value chain; lament­ing that the op­por­tu­ni­ties are yet to be fully tapped for job cre­ation for the un­em­ployed youths across the states.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Kaduna state was cho­sen to host the train­ing be­cause of its agrar­ian na­ture. He fur­ther noted that the train­ing will help to en­cour­age agripreneu­ral/farm­ers to pro­duce and process more food for lo­cal con­sump­tion and ex­port. “This will at the long run make us self suf­fi­cient in food pro­duc­tion and step up food se­cu­rity,” he added.

“The train­ing is ex­pected to be car­ried out in the three se­na­to­rial dis­tricts of the state. While Kaduna will train 140 par­tic­i­pants, Zaria will train 130 and Kafan­chan, 130 par­tic­i­pants,” he said.

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