President Muhammadu Buhari has remained consistent in implementing programmes that could attract Nigerian youths to the agricultural sector, minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said.
The minister who spoke at the opening of a one-day stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Agri-business Support organised in collaboration with the Sokoto Office of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), urged Nigerians to take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the agricultural sector.
Ogbeh said the ministry, in collaboration with IFAD and other partners, has developed and implemented the climate change adaptation and agri-business support programme (CSAP) to fast-tract climate change mitigation and stimulate smart agriculture in the country.
He noted that Buhari’s target for the sector is to ensure that Nigerians take full advantage of the agribusiness opportunities, adding that he wants to see Nigerian youths practice and benefit from agriculture value chain.
The minister, who was represented by the Regional Director (North West), Adeyemi Ayoyeyi, said Nigerian government under the leadershipof President Muhammadu Buhari, was resolute in its vision of promotingagricultural production in Nigeria.
He added that federal government is implementing programmes aimed at attracting the youths to agricultural practices across the value chain.
In his remarks, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal divulged that he has created no fewer than 27,000 jobs in the sector since his assumption of office.
According to him, Sokoto State has created 27,166 jobs in the agricultural sector alone in the last two years.
“In the period under consideration, we have supported over 33,000 people through promotion of improved crop production techniques, para-veterinary clinics and women and youth off-farm activities.
“Similarly, through our community-based agric and rural development initiatives, we’ve created 27,166 jobs through different interventions on sustainable agriculture, community infrastructure, rural enterprise development among others,” the governor said.
He said his administration is fully committed to the development of agriculture with a view to enhancing food security, poverty eradication and boosting employment opportunities especially among the youths.
Tambuwal said the state government will continue to honour and fulfill all financial obligations entered into with IFAD and other donor agencies so that the people of the state can continue to enjoy its maximum benefit.