NDE launches agric scheme for 50 Akwa Ibom youth 

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has flagged off the training of no fewer than 50 unemployed youth in Akwa Ibom on Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (SADTS).

The NDE director general, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, who spoke during the flag-off ceremony in Uyo Tuesday, stated that 1,850 persons will benefit from the scheme across the federation.

The DG represented by the NDE state coordinator, Mr. Obegolu Donatus, stated that the training was coming at the time the country is facing food security crisis and it would help to launch the youth into agriculture.

Fikpo noted that the trainees would be imparted with modern technological driven skills in agriculture and expressed optimism that at the end, the youth would take charge of all the agricultural value chain activities to generate income and improved livelihood.

He said: “The aim of the training will amongst others; create employment for the rural communities through training on modern innovative agricultural technology (Exotic vegetable crops/livestock production skills) along its value chains.

“Improve the livelihood of the rural people, reduce rural-urban migration and expose unemployed youth to the potential in exotic vegetable crops and livestock production farming businesses.”