(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has embarked on a three-month training of 100 unemployed youths in animal and crop production in each state of the country.
This was disclosed to newsmen on Wednesday in Bauchi by the Assistant Director, Rural Employment Promotion Department at the Bauchi office of NDE, Mr Inuwa Adamu.
Adamu informed that the three-month agricultural training programme was initiated under the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS) of the national headquarters of NDE.
According to him, the training was being conducted in line with the Federal Government’s policy of using agriculture to provide employment opportunities, ensure food sufficiency and create wealth.
Adamu said the training programme would afford the trainees the opportunity of applying modern methods of agricultural production, adding that the practical aspect of the training would be based on cattle and sheep fattening.
Speaking further, Adamu informed that participants in the state included school dropouts and graduates, adding that they were selected from across the 20 local government areas of the state, adding that any participant who showed seriousness and was punctual during the training would be selected and assisted with a loan to set up shop.
He said others not selected for such assistance would be given certificates that would enable them to approach the Bank of Agriculture or NIRSAL Microfinance Bank for financial backup.