The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says it has trained 138 youths in Jigawa, Yobe and Borno on how to produce feasible business plans.
Malam Sa’idu Ali, the Jigawa State Coordinator, IFAD Agribusiness Support Programme, said this on Wednesday in Dutse.
He said that the five-day training, tagged “Enterprise Development for Youth and Women’’, was conducted in Hadejia Local Government Area between Oct. 23 and Oct. 27, under the Community Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) of IFAD.
Ali said that 41 youths from Jigawa, 53 youths from Yobe and 44 youths from Borno were selected for the training.
He said that the beneficiaries, who had earlier undergone training in different agribusinesses, would be given starter kits to enable them to start their own businesses.
“Those who received training in spraying techniques would be given sprayers, overall jackets and other protective items to facilitate their efforts to engage in commercial spraying in their neighbourhoods.
“For those trained in rice parboiling, parboiling equipment would be given to them; those trained in grains milling would be given milling machines; while those trained in crop threshing would be given multipurpose threshers.
“Also, those trained in groundnut oil extraction would receive oil extraction machines, while shops would be opened for those who embraced business to enable them to sell seeds, insecticides and pesticides to farmers in their villages,’’ he said.
Ali said that the gesture was to encourage the youth to engage in agricultural activities, as part of efforts to boost food production.
“The major aim of this training is to tackle unemployment and reduce youth restiveness through the provision of functional skills.
“It is also to encourage women, particularly those in the rural areas, to engage in productive activities.
“The gesture will also develop small-scale businesses, particularly for women in the grassroots,” he added. (NAN)