IMO GOVERNMENT SPONSORS 1ST BATCH OF YOUTHS ON AGRIC TRAINING
As part of its effort to develop a new generation of young entrepreneurs along various agriculture value chains, the Imo State Government has sent the first batch of Imo youths numbering over 200 for training at the Isreali Sustainable Agriculture Center (ISAC) in Nassarawa State.
Addressing the trainees shortly before their departure, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Emma Nwaogu charged the beneficiaries to make best use of the opportunity provided for them by the State Government and equip themselves with the necessary skills that would guide them in establishing their own agric. businesses.
Hon. Nwaogu submitted that the State government designed the Imo Youth in Agribusiness Programme (IYAP) to sponsor hundreds of youths selected from all the 305 wards of the 27 LGAs of the State, to an all-expenses paid training in diverse areas, including poultry, fisheries and aquaculture, production and processing of fruits and vegetables, feed formulation, uses and maintenance of modern farm machinery, among others.
He further said that the programme would provide continuous training for Imo youths in Agriculture, support access to arable lands, modern Agricultural inputs as well as provide link to affordable credit after the training.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agric. Food Chain and Coordinator, Imo Youth in Agribusiness (IYAP), Prince Victor Mbalewe noted that IYAP was a flagship Agricultural intervention programme of the Governor EmekalhediohaIed Government of Imo State which targets to create a new class of Imo youthful entrepreneurs who would in turn create more jobs, wealth and attain sustainable food security in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agric. Development, Mr Uche Odozor and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources were on hand to bid farewell to the beneficiaries.