The Lagos State office of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has said that youths in agriculture would benefit from the 2016 empowerment starting soon.
Mrs Abiodun James, an official of FMARD, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
James made the observation on the sidelines of the election of executives of the Association of Youth for Unity in Agriculture (AYUA).
She said that some of the members of the association had benefited from the FMARD’s empowerment and promised that with an updated data, other members would be contacted in the future.
Mrs. James assured that whenever the Federal Government has anything for the farmers, they will contact them because we have their data.
She said some of them have benefited from the ministry over the years, especially under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
“There was a time they were given fertilisers, feeds, seeds, people in aquaculture were given juveniles and feeds and those in the poultry business sector were given feeds also” she added.
AYUA’s President-Elect, Mr Temitope Odetola, who spoke on behalf of the elected officers, said that they would do their best to serve as examples to woo other youths into agriculture.
Odetola appreciated the state and federal ministries of agriculture for their support and appealed to them to do more as agriculture was becoming the main stay of the country’s economy.