FG sends 200 young people to Morocco and Israel on crop production and breeding

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has announced the dispatch of 200 young farmers to build their capacity in crop production and animal husbandry in Israel and Morocco.

This is part of the continuation of the National Young Farmers Scheme (NYFS) program, which President Muhammadu Buhari launched a few months ago.

Speaking at the official handover of travel documents to beneficiaries in Abuja, NALDA Executive Secretary Prince Paul Ikonne explained that it is a continuation of the National Young Farmers Scheme, NYFS, that President Muhammadu Buhari launched some time ago.

He said the program had helped Nigeria in terms of food availability during the emergence of the new coronavirus, the COVID-19 pandemic, otherwise Nigeria would have gone to other countries head over heels to beg for food. the food.

NALDA ES said the aim is also to make agriculture more attractive to young people as the training will expose and equip them on modern agriculture and agribusiness which will lead to massive food production for young people. Nigerians and greater food export.

Ikonne further said that sending the 200 young farmers to Israel and Morocco was part of the new program called “Aggressive Food Production” in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

He also said that the young people from all 36 states of the federation will be there for six days while they undergo intensive training in greenhouse cultivation and animal husbandry, and he explained that Israel and Morocco have been chosen. because they have the expertise in these areas. .

He said, “We are running a program which we call ‘Aggressive Food Production’ and we are doing it in collaboration with the Ministry of Education because the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, is providing us with land from the universities for that.

“So we send them to countries that we know have strong expertise on what we’re doing; Israel and Morocco, and this in order to improve their knowledge and expose them to modern crop production and animal husbandry practices, so that 200 young farmers would be sent to build their capacities in Israel and Morocco.

“When these people go and are exposed, the next question will be how are you going to involve them and integrate them. We already have a platform like institutional properties, school grounds, state governments and their communities, that certainly makes it easier to integrate them.”

“They will start teaching others what we saw there, here is how to do it and we will get a better return. So the NALDA one will be very different and beneficial for the country because we have where they will be integrated when they return This is what makes the NALDA program more sustainable and unique.

Explaining the criteria used to select the 200 young farmers, Ikonne said, “We sent messages to stakeholders, and stakeholders selected and sent their names, and we made sure that all 36 states of the federation would participate in this. train so that it makes it easier when they come back from this training they could train the people in their state and locality.

“So the total number, as I said before, is 200 young farmers who would be sent for this capacity building in Israel.”

However, he clarified that “training is budgeted in our budget because anything that is not budgeted cannot be implemented. The most important thing we have budgeted for is capacity building.

“No matter what it costs to send people for training, the most important thing is that we train a new generation of farmers who will drive Nigerian agriculture forward and that should be key.”

The boss of NALDA has instructed the 200 youngsters to be good ambassadors for Nigeria and to focus on what they will be trained on, and they have a big job to do when they return when it comes to training other youngsters farmers at home. .

Some of the beneficiaries talked about the training and what they expect after the training.

Hassan Atiku, a farmer from Katsina state, said, “I grow maize and millet in addition to food. I am very happy to be one of the beneficiaries of this trip. I want to appreciate the President’s effort in building the capacity of young people in the field of agriculture, because to train young people is to build the nation. I am ready to acquire more knowledge about crop production.

An agricultural educator, Ifunnaya Ekot, said, “I am into agricultural education. Education but very interested in educating the next generation about farming processes, farming programs, best ways to farm especially nowadays.

“So I’m very interested in seeing better ways to grow crops in Nigeria. I’m very excited, very grateful for this opportunity, especially when it comes to educating myself first before I can educate others. “.

Another beneficiary from Abia State, Julius Ugochukwu Nwokoma, said, “I am very happy to be part of this program. Agriculture has been one of my activities and I run a small farming business in my village,

“So I’m proud to be here and I want to thank the president for funding us and I want to implore you to encourage more of our young people to get back on the farm. In today’s society, our young people have been in a lot of things; Yahoo, they do nothing.

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