By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government through the Fadama Coordinating office in the state has presented various farm equipment to farmers to enhance economic empowerment of young persons including women and youths engaged in various forms of agricultural practices in the state.
The farm equipment worth over N90 million include Distillers, Rice and Cereal Thrashers, Rice Destoners, Power Point Diesel Machines, Water Pumping Engines, First Bottom Pots Per Boilers and other implements.
The items were distributed to twelve Cooperative women and youths farmer groups from ten Local Government Councils in the state through the Fadama Coordinating office.
Similarly, the state government, through the same Fadama initiatives, has trained 551 youths and women in various agricultural productivities ventures.
The Coordinator of the Fadama programme in Niger state, Engineer Aliyu Usman Kutigi said the implements were aimed at helping the beneficiaries to attain efficiency in productivity in the various agricultural enterprises they were engaged in.
Engr. Usman Kutigi spoke during the distribution ceremony of the implements that the government’s gesture was to spur enhanced productivity in line with the state government’s community development strategies.
He said the present administration in the state had keyed into federal government’s Fadama initiatives to empower women and youths in the expansive agricultural sector.
Engr. Usman disclosed that some 551 youths from different parts of the state were trained by the Fadama Project in various aspects of agricultural practices to create enhanced livelihood for young persons.
He disclosed that the Niger state government had also engaged some 300 unemployed graduates from different parts of the state into the Fadama Graduands Youths Supports Scheme which is being anchored by the Fadama National Coordinating office in Abuja.
The participating youths are being trained in various agricultural enterprises of their choice by the Fadama Project. At the completion of their training, the participants would be assisted with take off grants.
The participants are expected to add to the growing number of interest in agricultural productivity to grow the economy of the state enhance individual citizens empowerment.