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FEC Approves N1.4b to Empower Youth Farmers

To encourage the younger generation to embrace agriculture, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N1.4 billion for the procurement of equipment and agricultural inputs for the National Youth Farmers’ Scheme.

The development was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He expressed optimism that the project would encourage youths to go into agriculture, noting that a total of four contracts has already been awarded through the scheme.

According to him, the first of the contracts is the provision of farmer inputs such as seeds, cotton, planting materials, agrochemicals, fertilizer, and growth enhancers, for 3000 hectares in Abia, Adamawa, Borno, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Osun, Yobe and the Enugu States, noting that the contract was for N313 million and would last for two weeks.

“The other memo on behalf of the president is seeking approval for the award of contract for the provision of various agricultural inputs and equipment for the National Youth Farmers’ Scheme.

“We have the National Farmers’ Scheme under National Agricultural Land Development Authority( NALDA); here, four contracts were awarded in the total sum of N1.4 billion with various completion periods,” he said.

Also, he noted that the second contract was the supply of tractors, ploughs, ridgers, disc arrows, hydraulic tipping trailers, logistics and deliveries to selected states such as Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Osun and the Jigawa States.

“The third is the purchase of land preparation equipment; this involves 11 massive Ferguson tractors, 11 disc ploughs, 11 three-disc ploughs, 11 four-disc ridgers, 11 twenty disc arrows and 11 hydraulic tipping trailers for Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Osun, Jigawa and Gombe states.

“While logistics and deliveries to selected states such as Abia, Ogun, Ekiti, Katsina and the Ebonyi States will gulp another N2.5million.

“The last contract under this paper is the professional and technical enhancement for the National Youth Farmers’ Scheme Enugu, Ekiti, Abia, Imo, Adamawa, Cross River, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Borno and Rivers, for the sum of N213million for a completion period of one week, totalling N1. 4 billion.

“The significance of these contracts is that the Federal Government is once again reiterating the emphasis it put on agriculture and how we want agriculture not to be for just big landowners or big farmers, but to encourage even our youths to go into agriculture,’’ he added.

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