The World Bank in collaboration with the National FADAMA Coordination Office are set to train 200 women and unemployed graduates on agro-enterprise development in Kabba, Kogi State.
At the onset of the training in ABU College of Agriculture, Kabba, the National Project Coordinator of FADAMA, Mr. Tayo Adewumi, said the training was executed under the FADAMA Graduate Unemployed Youth and Women Support Programme (FADAMA GUYS).
The coordinator, who was represented by Mr. Peter Ajibaiye, stateed that at the end of the training, the beneficiaries would be given grants by the World Bank to start their chosen agricultural enterprises, to reduce unemployment and promote food security in the country.
Adewumi noted that the FADAMA GUYS was created for the production of four core crops – cassava, rice, sorghum and tomato, adding that the World Bank had released 200 billion dollars as grant in order to promote the production of the four core crops in Nigeria.
The ABU College of Agriculture, Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba, who declared the training open, expressed that the Federal Government would reposition the youth to engage productivity in its efforts to diversify the economy and use agriculture for wealth creation.
He advised the trainees to make judicious use of the grants that would be given to them at the end of the training. He also added that the state had abundant resources which could facilitate all aspects of agriculture production.
The Provost of the College, Dr. (Mrs.) Aderonke Mohammed, said that the training would empower the trainees to become employers of labour, and adding that it would “continue to bear fruits and lead to further reduction of unemployment in Nigeria.”