- The Nigerian government has announced a new initiative which will help young graduates and farmers
- Under the new initiative, 30,000 Nigerians will be employed and trained on how to render extension services to farmers
- The new initiative, when launched, will help to partly address the problems of unemployment and food security
The federal government has given approval to the National Agricultural and Land Development Agency (NALDA) to permanently employ some 30,000 agricultural and other science graduates to handle soil test and other responsibilities for the agency.
Daily Trust reports that this was disclosed by NALDA's executive secretary, Paul Ikonne, on Monday, January 25, while briefing journalists on the activities of the agency in Abuja.
He explained that recruited graduates will be trained on how to collect soil samples, conduct soil test and also render extension services to farmers.
Legit.ng gathers that new recruitment drive is under the National Young Farmers Scheme launched by President Muhammadu Buhari and implemented by the agency.
Ikonne noted that findings have shown that many farmers do not have an understanding of the nutrients requirement of their soil which leads to low productivity.
He said this prompted President Buhari to mandate the agency to come up with measures to ensure the soil yields maximum output for farmers.
The NALDA boss said:
“We cannot achieve food security without understanding our soil, without getting our farmers to know what the soil requires."
He said the process will be done in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science and state governments just as he noted that the graduates will be engaged full time.
According to Ikonne, Nigerian farmers will pay as low as N500 per soil sample collected and analysed.
Also, each of the employees, after the training, will be equipped with the necessary tools to transmit information collected into the agency’s national database.
In another report, President Buhari has urged private sectors across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja to show interest in employing Nigerians youths in their institutions.
The president made the call in Abakiliki, the capital of Ebonyi on Monday, January 11 during the official flag-off of the Extended Special Public Works Programme (ESPWP) in the state.
The president who was represented at the event by the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, explained that the initiation of the programme nationwide was his administration’s goals towards addressing the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic.