FG to Employ 100,000 Graduates as Agric Extension Workers – The Federal Government in a bid to foster food production, diversify the economy and create jobs for the unemployed youth has come up with a scheme that is expected to employ over 100,000 graduates to work in farms that would spread across all 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, made this disclosure shortly after he had inspected various Value Chain development Programme (VCDP), Improved Agronomics Practice foarms at Sumaka and Taraku in Guma and Gwer Local Government Areas of Benue state.
Over 100,000 graduates would be employed by the Federal Government and drafted to farms in all 774 local government areas across the country. These graduates would function as extension workers to help government actualize its food production drive, diversify as well as boost the economy.
Agriculture which can be defined as the cultivation of animals, plants and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.
Even in present day, Agriculture has remained a vital part of an individual/nation’s sustainability. It is of little wonder that countries such as the USA, Brazil, China, Canada, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, etc. make such huge revenues from the exportation of agricultural products.
As of 2010, Agriculture was a branch of the Nigerian economy that provided employment to about 30% of the population.
Chief Audu Ogbe who was represented by his Senior Adviser, International Donor Partners, Mr. Auta Appeh, said that the initiatives were necessary because government is doing everything to encourage our youths to take up farming as a business and not as a hobby.
In his speech, National Programme Coordinator of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD-VCDP, Dr. Ameh Onoja, said the organization had constructed roads, cleared farmlands and provided inputs through its matching grants to farmers to galvanize the sector.
Acting Ter Guma, Chief Gbor Igyo, urged government to urgently provide tractors and other farming implements and inputs to farmers if the food sufficiency campaign of the present administration must become a reality.
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FG to Employ 100,000 Graduates as Agric Extension Workers