Efforts to tackle unemployment among the youths through agriculture has received a boost as the federal government is supporting the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Youth Agripreneur programme with $500,000(N77million). The funds will go into training and capacity building for youths and will create the next generation of young farmers in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, disclosed the financial commitment recently at a workshop on “Engagement of Youth Entrepreneurship for Agricultural Transformation in Africa” held in Ibadan recently.
Initiated two years ago, the IITA Youth Agripreneur programme builds the capacity of youths and exposes them to the numerous untapped opportunities in agriculture and, more importantly, changes the negative perception that young men and women hold about agriculture. The programme has already engaged some Nigerian youths from different backgrounds.
Adesina commended IITA for developing the programme, and the milestones recorded by the…
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