Federal government is to create job opportunity to over 758,000 youth within next five years under National Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP).
The national project coordinator of YEAP, Mrs. KarimaBabangida revealed this yesterday in Katsina state at inauguration of state steering and technical committees for the take off of the programme in the state.
Mrs. Babangida said the beneficiaries of the programme include school leavers and drop-outs, university graduates and rural youth leaders.
She said the programme is to have 18,500 university graduates with 500 per state, who would be formed into young agribusiness entrepreneurs.
She added that the programme would also produce 740,000 market oriented youth producers in rural areas nationwide, with 20,000 selected from each state including the FCT.
She said the programme is being supported by food and agricultural organisation (FAO) and international labourorganisation (ILO) in the area of technical assistance to beneficiaries.
Mrs. Babangida said YEAP would be implemented in phases, pointing out that implementation of phase one had commenced in twelve states including the FCT.
She however called on participating states to provide needed facilities for the success of the programme.
Some of the facilities, according to her, include land, irrigation schemes, access roads, electricity, operational training facilities and supporting staff.
Earlier, Katsina state deputy governor MannirYakubu commended federal government for introducing YEAP, describing it as a major way of tackling poverty among youths.
Yakubu who inaugurated the two committees said the state technical committee would provide technical assistance to stakeholders to design and implement value chain and developmental plan.
He further said the committee would facilitate the organisation of skills development for the youth and coordinate skill development in consultation with other actors.
Yakubu said Katsina state government had already inaugurated a five member committee of youth in agriculture advisory group in line with YEAP directive.

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