250 youths in Gaate, a rural community in Nasarawa State have been employed by the Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFG-CS) to work on its 2,000 hectare maize farm located within the community.
National Coordinator of NFG-CS, Redson Tedheke, who disclosed this in Gaate, said the reason for securing workers from the community was to empower residents economically.
“The maize farm and building project have created opportunities for over 250 indigenes of this community, particularly youths and women. Apart from the technical inputs by professionals on the farm, every other activity, ranging from crop planting to harvesting, is done by members of the community.
Some youths have been trained and they work here daily with the farm management, while others are in charge of the security of the farm,” he explained.
Tedheke also disclosed that his group had constructed a new primary school with six rooms in the community, adding that a civic centre for the villagers was on the way.
He declared that the gestures were part of the society’s corporate social responsibility activities.
“The single building in the school is getting dilapidated and it is not safe for children to study in such an environment; so we decided to construct a new building for them,” he said.
The traditional ruler of Gaate, Ibrahim Adamu, acknowledged that the establishment of the maize farm in Gaate had boosted economic activities in the community.
He also commended the group for the construction of the school and forthcoming civic centre.
“This farm has created a lot of jobs for our people and it has also brought hope to us, considering the harsh economic realities in the country,” he said.
The traditional ruler called on the state government to support the society so that it can continue to impact positively on the community.