Niger State Government on Friday said it would empower 1,000 youths with N1.5 billion set aside by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Nuhu Dukku, disclosed this during a press conference in Minna .
The Commissioner said that Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, gave the approval during the weekly Executive Council Meeting.
He explained that the money was set aside by the CBN for each states to engage the youths in farming of agriculture products.
Dukku said that 1,000 hectares of land have been cleared in the three geographical zones to engage the youths, adding that one hactares will be given to each youths to cultivate crops such as rice, maize and soya beans.
He said 250 hactares of land was in Rijau, 400 in Mokwa and 400 in Borgu Local Government Areas of the state as well as 100 hectares of land each in Tagwai and Gwada.
“We have three mandated crops to plant such as Rice, Maize and Soya Beans. The areas mentioned are the pilot places to start the accelerated agriculture development scheme.
“The fields have been cleared, what is left is to engage tractors into the farm and plough them then the youths will commence farming,” he said.
The commissioner said that each beneficiary would be given about N400,000 to N500,000 each, adding that the essence of the programme was to boost agriculture production in the state.
Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary
1st June 2018