MDGs trains 7,500 youths in agric practices

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Offi ce says it has trained 5,000 youths and 2,500 women in various agricultural value chains to enhance the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government.

In a statement signed by Dr Christopher Otabor, the Head, Information and Communications unit of the agency on Friday in Abuja, the agency said that the training was done in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

It said the training covered poultry, bull fattening, sheep and goat production, bee keeping, crop production and extension services, among others, in some communities in the country.

“More than 2,500 women have been trained in poultry, bull fattening, sheep and goat production, bee keeping, crop value chains and extension among others.

“MDGs Offi ce has consistently supported the ministry in three principal areas which include training of youths and women in agricultural practices, funding of extension services and construction of rural feeder roads.

“We have been able to train 5,000 youths in 10 different value chains and provided start-up packages for 6,000 youths, including providing access to credit and other inputs.’’

The statement expressed the commitment of the Federal Government in ensuring the creation of an environment conducive for job opportunities in the country.

To this end, the statement noted that the government had introduced various initiatives such as the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN), Growth enhancement Support scheme (GES) among others, aimed at boosting the nation’s productive capacity.

It explained that the objective of the schemes was to help the current generation of Nigerians to break the cycle of poverty as well as to develop the human capital.

Furthermore, it stated that YouWiN was aimed at encouraging aspiring entrepreneurial youths across the country to develop and execute business ideas.

It noted that Nigeria had partly achieved the MDG 1 focusing on reduction of extreme poverty and hunger by half ahead of the 2015 target date.

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