NYSC upbeat on corps members’ empowerment at China-funded agric tech centre 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has reached out to the China-funded Nigeria Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (CFNATDC), Abuja for robust training and empowerment of corps members on agro-allied ventures.

The Scheme expressed interest in the partnership when a team led by the Director Ventures Management, Prince Mohammed Momoh, took a facility tour of the centre located in Ushafa, Abuja.

A press statement issued by the director press and public relations of the Scheme, Eddy Magwa, Thursday quoted Prince Momoh as saying that the NYSC was poised to expose corps members to agricultural training, with the potential of nurturing their skills for self-employment. 

He expressed confidence that with the high-tech agricultural equipment at the centre, it could offer technical support to the Scheme as well as training opportunities for corps agri-prenuers.

Speaking further, the director solicited for a closer collaboration with the centre to serve as visiting consultants to NYSC agric ventures, especially as it relates to technical expertise and support. 

In his response, the Head of the Agricultural Technology Centre, Mr Wang Jun, expressed appreciation for the visit and assured the Scheme of their readiness to train corps members and expose them to new innovations-enabled by high-tech agricultural equipment installed at the centre.

He equally informed the visiting team of the strategic plan of the centre to promote Chinese agricultural technology and support Nigeria’s drive for self-sufficiency and food security.

He said the centre is equipped with high technology processing machines for rice, cassava,  groundnut oil, chilli powder, biscuit production and topnotch agricultural laboratory.

“The Centre was established in 2012 as CGCOC Agriculture Development Company Limited has the vision of becoming a bridge for China-Africa agricultural cooperation and a partner for African agricultural development.”

It has branches in Nigeria, Burkina  Faso, Guinea and Senegal offering many services including agricultural product processing, agric engineering consultancy and training, Wang Jun said.