As part of efforts to complement the Federal Government’s diversification policy, the National Directorate of Employment has disclosed plans to create over 800, 000 jobs in the Agricultural sector.

The Acting Director General, Kunle Obayan who stated this, informed that the directorate plans to achieve this by engaging 720, 000 unemployed youths in agriculture through the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“11, 100 unemployed persons cutting across all ages and status will be trained in the rural areas in agribusiness skills in 2017. A total of 5, 500 direct jobs are expected from this initiative. Subject to availability of funds, 1, 850 persons will receive agribusiness starter packs from the NDE in 2017”, he explained.

Speaking on the progress of this project, Obayan said the NDE in 2016 lunched the smart farmer scheme (NDE REMIS), an Information Communication Technology based platform capable of creation 490, 000 jobs in the next three years.

Expressing confidence on the present administration’s agenda to tackle youth unemployment, he called on Nigerian youths  to embrace the various vocational and skills acquisition programmes being introduced by government.

The Acting DG however called for improved budgetary allocation for recruitment of agents who will enforce the project.


  1. Comment I with utmost respect and humble mind,I am a operating a vast land to plant a varieties of crops like maize, cassava and plantain to enable me to filled the gaps of unemployment in our country. How can I access the programs enlisted through the NDE .Ekiti state indigene also practices my agro business here,my contact number is 08065093933.

  2. Comment: plz am very interested in this program, I have poultry and need to expand, because it’s my main source of Income. I love what I do and have great love for lovestocks, please it should be for those who truly practice agriculture, not for politicians and those who just want to divert fund meant for Agriculture, like its happening in my State

  3. My dad also own over 8 acres of oil palm plantation, looking for means to establish oil mill, for proper utilization of the product

  4. Good day to you Sir. Am a farmer who is interested on how to access federal govt funds to finance its agricultural firm. My contact is 08035595961

  5. Comment: Your honour sir. I am Badejo Adeola residing in Ilorin, Kwara state. How can I benefit from this laudable scheme? Honestly, i have not been farming before but I have some basic knowledge of agric and I love to go into agriculture. my number are : 08066787615 and 07052680205.

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