The Federal Government has commenced the training of 400 unemployed Nigerian youths in agriculture as part of the efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The training, titled, “Specialised Training on Agricultural Extension Service Delivery for Unemployed Youths in Nigeria” is organised by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development in collaboration with the MDGs Office. The training which will last for two weeks began on Monday 19th and will end Sunday 31st of August 2013.
After the training, taking place at the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology in Zaria, the participants will again be exposed to another one week practical training in their various states. The trainees, who are mostly unemployed graduates, are drawn from all the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the state Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs).
The 200 youths are the first set of the 400 youths to be trained by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in extension skills, and hosted by the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, Zaria.
The participants are expected to undergo training in agricultural extension services delivery and agri-business skills as envisioned by the Agricultural Development Agenda (ATA) document and the operational dictates of the value chain in agriculture.
In his welcome address, the executive director, National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Ismaila Ilu, urged the participants to see the training as a challenge to better their life and that of the entire nation.
Source :#Leadership News