The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has said that it would partner the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to train corps members on modernised agriculture.
Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, made this known during a virtual meeting with the management of NYSC.
This follows the agency’s recent announcement of a plan to train 77,400 youths across Nigeria’s 774 local government areas in agribusiness.
Ikonne, however, explained that the new plan dubbed Back to Farm would help to ensure that corps members are actively engaged in agricultural training under a conducive environment.
Corp members would also be provided with necessary incentives such as loans, he added.
” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />The executive secretary noted that the planned collaboration is part of the agency’s contribution towards implementing the Federal Government’s economic diversification and food sufficiency plan.
Ikonne further disclosed that the agency would use the established NYSC Farms across the country as its training centres.
On his part, NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, commended the agency’s foresight.
Ibrahim noted that the collaboration would be of great benefit to the corp members and the country at large.
The DG explained that the scheme mobilises no fewer than 350,000 corp members annually whom it empowers while in camp with self-reliant skill under its Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme.
He added that the skills learnt has been helping the graduate students in no small measure, further citing that they recently produced and distributed anti-COVID-19 materials.